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Kente Cloth Handwoven Textile Purple Asante African Art

Regular Price: $450.00

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Product #: 106879
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Title Kente Cloth Handwoven Textile Purple Asante African Art
Type of Object Textile
Country of Origin Ghana
People Ashante (Asante)
Materials cotton, silk-some combination
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 110 Inches
Width: 80 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair minor stains, fading, stretched seams


We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.


Additional Information: A superb Kente Textile with multiple strips and decorated with complex patterns typical of the Kente cloth. Kente cloth is the royal cloth of the Ashante (Asante) of Ghana.  They are worn by both men and woman. men' cloth are larger than these worn by  women. Legend says that the Kente cloth weavers learned their skill from watching a spider, Anansi, who is a significant figure in African folklore. In many cases, the thread was obtained by carefully um-picking silk garments, and reweaving them. The looms have two or three heddles. (See Clarke's ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES). Kente cloths are prestigious textiles worn during important ceremonies. They are prized for their colors and weft designs. They are identified by their patterns and the combination of patterns. The names given to the designs derive from the proverbs and popular sayings, nature (plants for instance), historic events, chiefs or queen mothers.


Recommended Reading: Adler and Barbard's AFRICAN MAJESTY, the TEXTILE ART OF THE ASHANTI AND EWE