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Man's Kente Cloth

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983A194
Collection:Ethnography - Africa
Date:20th century - 20th century

Maker Information

Maker:Asante people - View history

Notes

Kente cloths are a speciality of the Ashanti and other tribes of Southern Ghana. Originally the preserve of members of the Ashanti royal families, they were woven by men in long narrow strips on a horizontal loom. The strips were stitched together to create chequer-board arrangements of decorative units, with a contrasting border at each end. Kente cloths are still made and worn as traditional dress throughout modern-day Ghana.

Purchased, 1983.

Further Information

Medium:Woven silk and cotton.
Material(s):Silk
Place of Origin:Ghana
Place of Excavation:ASHANTI PEOPLE
AFRICA,W.,GHANA

Dimensions

Height:350 cm
Width:175 cm