ASANTE KENTE CLOTH, Ghana

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Photographs © Tim Hamill

ASANTE (or ASHANTI), KENTE CLOTH, Ghana

Most of these textiles (except for 5006) are authentic but with little use and age. Those that have been used tend to have minor stains, smudges, split seams, etc. We have tried to identify all of those problems.

Woven in narrow warp strips of rayon, formerly silk, this textile begins and ends with a "head" of five design blocks. The name for each Kente pattern is derived from the warp striping, though the designs in the weft are also significant and have names. The wearing of Kente was once the prerogative of the king and high-ranking chiefs, but today it can be worn by other Asante on formal occasions. This size cloth is worn by a woman; a full man's kente is usually about 7 x 11 feet.

Colors are most accurate in the details and enlarged pictures. There is a lot of optical mixing of small bits of color in the thumbnail pictures of the full cloths.

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