Kente cloth is a traditional dress of Akan people. Kente cloth is made of strips of clothes woven together.
Two or more strips of multicolored fabric are interlaced to produce a classified content, the Kente cloth.
The history of origin of Kente cloth can be traced with the arrival of Portuguese in West Africa in 17th century.
Originally, Kente cloth belonged to the royals of Ashanti Kingdom people. Kente in Ashanti mythology symbolizes wealth, honor and status.
Bonwire, Ghana is the place where two young brothers mimicked spider’s web weaving skills to produce first ever master piece and presented it to the then king of Ashanti Kingdom.
Cross-sectional layers of wool and silk fabric are transversely or laterally woven together.
Men’s cloth is usually 8-9 feet wide and 10-12 feet long. A single piece of Kente cloth is enough to deliver the goods for a man.
Two or more pieces of Kente cloth are worn by women for a dynamic outlook.
Kente cloth is not only limited to Africa. Africans spread far and wide are never shy of wearing Kente cloth as it represents dignity, class and variety.
Kente cloth is not only limited to Akan people only. Kente cloth has become widespread primarily because of its unique and classy look and secondly because of the legends and folklore’s associated with it.
A truly inspirational representation of African culture is viewed through the transparent, yet very much pious, pieces of superbly woven strips of clothes to produce Kente.
African’s and Ghanaian represent a rich cultural legacy. Africans are always proud of their dynamic past. Even being well-versed with digital modes of living, they confidently adopt and represent primitive norms, cultures and traditions.
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