Marie's Pastiche: Learn all about Ghanaian Kente Cloth with Books & Crafts

Kente cloth is the best known and most recognizable African fabric. It& a hand woven cloth with geometric shapes, bold designs, and bri.

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. For example, black signifies maturity and strong spiritual energy.

Get to know a bit more about kente cloth

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.

Detail from a Kente cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, 19th century, Silk and Cotton, British Museum, London

Kente prestige cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, century, Silk and Cotton -- British Museum, London

Kente Cloth African Print | Art History Lessons | Explore the symbolism of African colors and art techniques with this inspiring art project.

Kente Cloth Exploring Prints, Patterns, and Weaving through Traditional African Art

Kente cloth has bright colors, snappy geometric patterns. All of these qualities make this woven cloth a natural for inspiring art work in little people.

Kente Cloth of Africa these where found in ghana

Kente Cloth of Africa these where found in Ghana.Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in Akandialect Asante. Akans refer to kente asnwentoma, meaning woven cloth.

:Ghanian Kente Cloth"- kids multicultural art project. I love how the colors turned out!

Ghanaian Kente Cloth: Kids Multicultural Art Project

Think about use of pattern for maths :Ghanian Kente Cloth"- kids multicultural art project. I love how the colors turned out!

Africa | 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) | Silk, rayon or cotton | Acquired as a gift in 1969

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.

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.

Kente Cloth Lesson!

Kente Cloth – “The Cloth of Kings”

I am currently using this lesson as a third grade lesson though it could be used all the way up through high school with a more indepth look at textile art, the textile industry, african culture et…

Africa | Details from a strip woven cloth from the Ewe people of Togo | Cotton, locally woven and dyed.

Details from a strip woven cloth from the Ewe people of Togo. Cotton, locally woven and dyed.

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational: Kente Cloth-inspired Pattern Practice

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational: Kente Cloth-inspired Pattern Practice Use with The Spider Weaver: Legend of the Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove

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