Kente cloth was develoed by the Akan people of West Africa. Many of Akan live in Ghana and Ivory Coast today. Traditionally the cloths were for sacred and royal occassions. They feature bold designs and bright colors, each of which bears meaning.
Four narrow woven "Kente" strips from Ghana; patterns are formed by alternating warp-faced plain weave with weft-faced plain weave on grouped warps, two-color complementary wefts, and supplementary weft patterning (brocading).
Africa | Kente Cloth, Ghana ~ DetailKente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. It is the best known of all African textiles. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in Akan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth.