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Kente is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan and Ewe ethnic groups of Ghana. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket. It is a royal and sacred cloth, worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. There are over 350 patterns of Kente Cloths. The patterns are created during the hand weaving process and are determined by the manner in which the threads are intertwined. Kente is one of the World’s most complicated weavings. Each cloth design has a symbolic meaning. To make a magnificent kente cloth the artist hand weaves a yarn on a narrow horizontal loom. The artist will make strips of cloth that are about 8-12 centimeters wide and about 180 centimeters long.
The weaving shown in these samples is a display of a specialized craft which can be applied to your very own designs.