KENTE - GHANA
Richly woven Kente cloth is among the most famous woven cloths of Africa. It originated with the Ashanti people of Ghana in the seventeenth century, who only used geometric non-figurative motifs in their weaving. Conversely, the Ewe tribes from south-east Ghana weave floating motifs on their cloths. Whatever, the region though, Kente cloth was originally woven solely for chiefs and kings; the special cloth became a document of the history of the people. It was and still is to date an important ceremonial cloth.
According to legend, two brothers from the village Bonwire went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning a web. They were amazed by the beauty of the web and thought that they could create something like it. Upon returning home, they made the first cloth out of black and white fibers from a Raphia palm tree.
Kente has evolved a great deal since it was first produced but it’s beauty remains the same. The brilliantly colorful fabric is entirely handwoven by Ghanaian weavers to this date.