Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Man's Kente Cloth

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

There are no additional images for this object.

Basic Information

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

Maker Information

Maker:Asante people - View history


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.
Place of Origin:Ghana
Place of Excavation:ASHANTI PEOPLE


Height:350 cm
Width:175 cm