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Kente Cloth Textile Asante Ghana 10 X 5 Ft African Art

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Title Kente Cloth Textile Asante Ghana 10 X 5 Ft African Art
Type of Object Textile
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante , see also Ewe
Materials Cotton or combination cotton/silk
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 67 X 121 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 textile has wrinkles, a few stains, tears and holes


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: This superb textile dominated by a red tone with grey, yellow, black is attributed to the Asante people.


Strips are handsewn together. Estimated age more than 40 years. Kente cloth is the royal cloth of the Asante, of Ghana. In many cases, the thread was obtained by carefully un-picking silk garments, and reweaving them. The looms have two or three heddles. Legend says that the Kente cloth weavers learned their skill from watching a spider, Anansi, who is a significant figure in African folklore. This textile exhibits different types of weft patterns. Each pattern has it own name and a proverb associated to it. The patterns on this textile have the traditional bright colors including orange, green, yellow, red, blue, and black.


Recommended Reading: See Clarke's "ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES" The best source for pictures and information on Kente textiles is Adler and Barbard's "AFRICAN MAJESTY," the "TEXTILE ART OF THE ASHANTI AND EWE."