ASANTE KENTE CLOTH 5004, Ghana

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ASANTE
Kente Cloth 5004
42" high x 74" long
$350
SOLD

This textile is in fair condition with some worn areas on the top edge (see last detail). The light blue color is uneven, with the faded appearance of old blue jeans.

Woven in narrow warp strips of rayon, formerly silk, this textile begins and ends with a "head" of five design blocks. The name for each Kente pattern is derived from the warp striping, though the designs in the weft are also significant and have names. The wearing of Kente was once the prerogative of the king and high-ranking chiefs, but today it can be worn by other Asante on formal occasions. This size cloth is worn by a woman; a full man's kente is usually about 7 x 11 feet.

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