R6064/1 Textile; Kente

kente woven in a magenta, green & blue colour mix with yellow polyester thread
Kente by Joseph Wordu (Museum Accession number R6064/1)

This narrow strip woven kente cloth was created by an Ewe weaver at Joseph Wordu’s weaving workshop. He employs and trains male weavers and this type of plain cloth has long been woven in his workshop. These cloths are produced for everyday wear and are sold at his local textiles market in Agbozume. Like many Ewe men in this region Joseph weaves and manages his weaving business alongside working his agricultural land, he is also a qualified mechanic and repairs cars. This cloth was bought from Joseph on a visit to his workshop, where he introduced the museum team to the weavers and demonstrated the processes involved in creating a kente cloth. Collected in Ghana for the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Joseph Wordu

Place: Ghana, West Africa, Africa

Date: 1992