R6062/6/1 Textile strip; Kente

Kente strip woven with red, orange, white and green in a variety of zig zag patterns

Kente (Museum Accession Number R6062/6/1)

This narrow woven kente strip was collected from a shop at the Mokola Market in Accra. Its design is fairly new, featuring geometric patterns. It is an example of good quality strips made for general market, rather than being commissioned by specific customers. Kente refers to a textile that is made by weaving coloured cotton and silk into varied and intricate patterns. The practice was originated by the Asante and Ewe people in Ghana. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: unknown

Place: Ghana, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2010s