R6071 Textile; Kente

Brown and orange kente cloth with colourful animal motifs

Kente (Museum Accession number R6071)

This narrow strip kente cloth was created by Ewe weaver Edem Joshua Galley. It is an example of the ever popular ‘Asidanuvor’ or design cloths, that feature symbols, motifs and animals. It also includes ‘Togodo’ or fence design, that runs diagonally, criss-crossing the cloth and that ‘encloses’ the motifs and animals. It is a large man’s cloth and is a skillful example of design cloth, as can be seen in the intricate and characterful animals and motifs. This cloth was purchased from the weaver on a visit to his weaving and tailoring shop. Collected in Ghana as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Edem Joshua Galley

Place: Agbozume, Ghana, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2003