R6063 Textile; Kente

green kente cloth with designs in red and yellow

Kente ((Museum Accession Number R6063)

This kente cloth was made by an unknown Ewe weaver from the Volta region of Ghana. Generically known as Asidanuvor in the Southern Volta region, this translates as ‘design cloth’ and refers to the intricate motifs and animals woven into the cloth. This earlier example of kente demonstrates fine, quality weaving, when cloths were woven in narrower strips than the cloths produced now, and the quality and skill is evident in the intricacy of the motifs and delicacy of the fabric. This cloth was purchased from a textiles dealer in Acca in 2017. Collected in Ghana as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: unknown (Ewe made)

Place: Volta Region, Ghana, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2010s