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History of Kente
"KENTE" is a brilliantly colorful fabric (cotton, rayon, sheen, etc.), entirely or solely hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom by the Asantes in Ghana, Africa. The Asante Kente is woven in the outskirts of Kumasi, in the area of Bonwire, Sakora Wonoo, Ahodwo and Ntonso. It is also woven by the Ewes in the Volta, Ghana.

The Ewe and Asante Kente have similarities but different significance with respect to the weaving process. These colors and designs associated with Kente have solely made the fabric the best known of all Ghanaian and even all African textiles.

Each design or cloth has a story with a proverbial meaning with its own distinction.

Uses Of Kente
Kente is an important part of Ghanaian culture, some of the patterns are as old as civilization. Renaming or removing Kente tradition from Ghana would be like taking Thanksgiving away from America.

Kente is a connection to African culture I was told by my uncle who taught me how to weave that. The word Kente means "basket" (kenten).

The Master Weaver observes how a spider weaves its web. Through the process, the Master Weaver immitates the spider by using raffia fibers to create a strip of fabric (kente).

In the olden days, Kente were worn by the kings, queens, rich and highly respected people but now everyone can wear it. Kente cloth is usually worn for festivals, graduations, ceremonies, religious and other sacred occassions. It can also be given as a gift for weddings, banners, naming ceremonies and other special events.

The men wear the cloth in the same way the Toga was worn by the ancient Greeks. The measurement is between 87 to 92 inches wide and 132 to 142 inches long depending on how it is set up.

The women also usually wear the cloth in 3 pieces. Each piece is about two yards long. The measurement is between 41.5 to 46 inches wide and 57.5 to 72 inches long depending on how it is set up. One piece is wrapped around the waist to form a floor length skirt worn over a blouse specially sewn together in plain material. The other cloth is either used as a stole, or shawl or hung loosely over the arm.

Meanings of some Kente designs
Adwini Asa = "All my ideas have come to an end." or "I am exhausted from all my skills."
Fa Hia Kotwere Agyemang = "Lean your poverty on Agyemang."
Sika Fre Mogya = "Money brings, attracts blood relationship together." or "Money strenghtens the family bonds."
Fathia Fata Nkrumah = "Fathia deserves Nkrumah"
Emmada = "Novelty; what we have not seen or heard before."
Tikoro Nko Agyina (Obaakofo Mmu Man) = "One head does not rule a nation or constitute a council."


Kente Colors And Their Meanings
Yellow represents the yolk of the egg as well as certain fruits and vegetables. The colour is a symbol for things that are holy and precious.
Pink  is used to symbolize gentle qualities such as calmness, sweetness, and tenderness.
Red stands for blood and for strong political and spiritual feelings.
Maroon is associated with the color of Earth, the mother. It represents healing and protection from evil.
Blue stands for the sky and is used to symbolize holiness, peace, harmony, good fortune, and love.
Green is associated with plants and stand for growth and good health.
Gold like the metal gold, is a symbol of royalty, wealth, and spiritual purity.
White represents the white of an egg as well as the white clay that is used in certain rituals. It stands for purity and healing.
Black stands for aging because in nature things get darker as they get older. Black also stands for strong spiritual energy, and the spirits of the ancestors.
Grey represents ashes, which are used for spiritual cleansing.
Silver stands for the moon and represents serenity, purity and joy.
Purple like maroon, is associated with Earth and with healing.
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