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Kente Cloth Textile Blue Fathia Fata Nkrumah Shawl Ghana Africa

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Title Kente Cloth Textile Blue Fathia Fata Nkrumah Shawl Ghana Africa
Type of Object Handwoven Cloth
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials Handwoven Cloth, Silk, cotton, or combination
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 21 x 71 inches

Additional information:  
Kwasi Asare is a Master weaver who markets exquisite and unique kente weavings worldwide.  His father, Mr. A E Asare, who was also a Master kente weaver, was commissioned to design a kente weaving in 1960, three years after Ghana’s independence.  This piece was presented by Osagyefo Dr, Kwame Nkrumah to the United Nations.  And in 1995, during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the U.N., Kwasi was invited to present a kente to replace the original one made by his father.  This splendid piece presently hands at the East Wing of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

We recently met with Kwasi and we were able to procure a small lot of the textiles he has made in his small shop in Ghana.  About 10 men work daily on both narrow and broadloom in his shop and in a good month, they can create about 60 shawls of about 20 x 70 inches.

While many of the items we sell are old pieces purchased from traders, we truly delight in partnerships like this one with Kwasi.  It truly represents the most direct of connections with African people for our company.  And his products are top notch textiles made with the best of materials.

This particular textile is part of a special style called Fathia Fata Nkrumah, named after the wife of the first President of Ghana.  The patterns and colors are meant to signify her beauty.

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." 

Asare, Kwasi, and Jeff Smith. Kwasi and the Kente Colours. Terna: MJP, 2012. Print.

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.