Kente Strips (Blue or Purple or Green) | Ghana

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Description

Kente, known as nwentoma in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips.

It has been adopted outside of Ghana for decorative and home decor use.  This strip is done in a simple style for commercial use and is cotton only.

 

Inspired by a spider’s web

Among the Asante (or Ashanti) people of Ghana, West Africa, a popular legend relates how two young men—Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw—learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web. One night, the two went out into the forest to check their traps, and they were amazed by a beautiful spider’s web whose many unique designs sparkled in the moonlight. The spider, named Ananse, offered to show the men how to weave such designs in exchange for a few favors. After completing the favors and learning how to weave the designs with a single thread, the men returned home to Bonwire, and their discovery was soon reported to Asantehene Osei Tutu, first ruler of the Asante kingdom. The asantehene adopted their creation, named kente, as a royal cloth reserved for special occasions, and Bonwire became the leading kente weaving center for the asantehene and his court.