R6074 Textile; Kente

a colourful woven cloth which features a map of GhanaThis narrow strip woven kente cloth was created by Ewe weaver Gator Gbogbo. This asidanuvor or design cloth characteristically features motifs, people and animals woven into the strips. It features a map of Ghana, depicting regions and main cities. This type of design is believed to have developed in Togo, where Gbogbo was working in the 1990s. These maps have become Gbogbo’s signature work, and this piece was commissioned for the Fashioning Africa collection. Past publications featuring images of Gbogbo’s cloths have failed to attribute the work to him, he therefore wove his name and phone number into this cloth as a way of ensuring he would be given credit for this work. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Gator Gbogbo

Place: Abenyinase, Agotime, Ghana, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2017