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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

Kente style cloth
Date: before 1967
Dimensions: 188 x 9.6 cm (74 x 3 3/4 in.)
Medium: cotton
Made in: Ghana
Description: Kente cloth is produced by the Asante and Ewe peoples of Ghana. The name comes from the word 'kenten', which means basket. Long strips are sewn together to make cloths and garments. Originally a cloth of kings, Kente is particularly worn on ceremonial occasions. The designs and distinctively bright colours are all symbolic, with each pattern having a name and specific meaning. This piece is in yellow, green, white and crimson on black, with black warp fringing. Amongst its symbolic designs is one the striped Babadua symbol of strength. The Babadua is a tree used for building materials.
Inv. No.: 2014.20
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