Kente inspired dress by Victoria Pettersson Henry source
Kente weaver, photo courtesy Patrick Smith
Kente, 1970-1990, silk. The pattern on this kente is known as Puduo or Kuduo, which was a pyramid-shaped brass container used in rituals to sustain the family. The Indianapolis Museum of Art Close up below
Silk kente, 1947. The British MuseumIn most kente cloths the design effect is achieved by alternating regularly positioned blocks of pattern in bright-coloured silk with the more muted colours of the warp-striped plain weave background. Interestingly, each kente has a distinctive name and it is exactly the background design that provides the name. One of the most popular designs featuring red, green and gold stripes is named after the lineage of the Ashanti king. Some of the names refer to the leaders of the past or to the persons for whom the designs were first woven. Others refer to historical incidents, to household objects or to proverbs. For example, pattern with red, green and blue stripes on a yellow warp is named "if you climb a good tree you get a push" - meaning if your intentions are good people will help you. There is also design named "he has become rich", it is supposed to be worn only by men who had more than a thousand pounds worth of gold dust. Marriage kente often have motifs symbolizing life-affirming messages such as "extended family is strong."
Silk kente, 1947 The British Museum Close up below
Ashanti Kente Cloth Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Silk kente, 1900-1950 The Indianapolis Museum of Art
Cotton, rayon and silk kente, mid 1900s The Indianapolis Museum of Art Close up below
The pattern on this kente, known as Aberewa Ben, was named for a spiritually strong woman of the Asensie clan. 1930-70 cotton, silk The Indianapolis Museum of Art
The wearing of kente is typically reserved for formal occasions when high status festive dress is required. Designers all over the world get inspired by stunning kente prints using them in all kinds of clothing items as well as accessories.
Kente inspired dress Zanjoo
Kente mini dress source
Kente platform shoes by Dionne Gooding
Kente inspired bangles and shirt, both by Victoria Pettersson Henry source
Kente inspired bag source
Kente vest KLKC Collections
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