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Kente Cloth Handwoven Asante Man's Cloth Ghana African Art

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Title Kente Cloth Handwoven Asante Man's Cloth Ghana African Art
Type of Object Cloth, fabric, textile
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials cotton ,silk, or combination
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 120 by 68 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 loose stitches, Slightly frayed, rips, uneven edges, holes, stains

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 wonderful Kente cloth in good condition; strips are hand-sewn together, with good combination of  designs known as Wotoa or shell of a snail, Nkyimkyim , or zigzag, and the Babadua or bamboo-like cane design. There are generally two sizes of cloths, the smaller woman's, and the larger man's. Kente cloth is the royal cloth of the Asante, of Ghana. This one is a man's cloth. Yellow, orange, red, blue, green  are the dominant colors used by the Asante. 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.

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."