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 […]
Your name Your email Subject Your message (optional) This form uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your data is processed. Kente, known as nwentom…
Originally, the use of kente was reserved for Asante royalty and limited to special social and sacred functions.
Originally, kente cloth was black and white, but dyes were developed from different plants and a range of colors evolved.
Kente was only worn to special events or by royalty in past times.
The first country that comes to mind at the mention of Kente Cloth is Ghana, the West African country best known for this brightly coloured woven fabric.