Kente Festival marked in style This year’s Agbamevorza (Kente Festival) of the chiefs and people of the Agotime-Ziope Traditional Area was marked in grand style with an exhibition of beautiful Kente designs. It was, indeed, a day for Kente, as the indigenes, tourists and visitors who thronged the durbar ground were dressed smartly in Kente […]
It is worn by almost every Ghanaian tribe. The name is derived from the word kenten, which means basket in Akan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth. Throughout the ages it has become widely acclaimed and accepted by the populace as well as those in the diaspora. Watch how weavers […]
Kente cloth is a legendary fabric worn by African kings down the centuries. The cloth is still made in the traditional way in Adanwomse in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Kente is worn not only for its eye- catching designs but also for its symbolic significance. There are over 300 patterns, each with its own name and […]
Asante kente cloth, 20th century, silk and cotton (Vatican Museums) Inspired by a spider’s web Among the Asante (or Ashanti) people of Ghana, West Africa, a popular legend relates how two young men—Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw—learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web. One night, the two went […]
Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation. The Ashanti Empire or Confederacy, which was located in what is today Ghana, first emerged in West Africa during the seventeenth century. The Ashanti are members of the Akan people who speak the Akan or Ashanti dialect. The word “Kente” which means basket […]
This is Black and White cotton hand woven fabric produced from a traditional hand made loom. The finished product “NWENTOMA” comes in various shapes and forms but all in two colors i.e., black and white.
The function of the five weaving houses of Adanwomase is yet another demonstration of how Kente cloth is connected to the Asante Monarchy.
The Ashanti Empire was a pre-colonial West African state that emerged in the 17th century in what is now Ghana. The Ashanti or Asante were…
Medieval Ghana (4th – 13th Century): The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval Ghana Empire of West Africa. The actual name of the…
Ghanaian festivals are a colourful and vibrant part of the culture. Each year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country to…