Presentation on theme: "Kente cloth originated in Africa during the 12th century in a country called Ghana. It is an Asante ceremonial cloth hand-woven on a horizontal treadle."— Presentation transcript:
1 Kente cloth originated in Africa during the 12th century in a country called Ghana. It is an Asante ceremonial cloth hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom. Kente was given its name from the word ‘kenten’, which means basket, because it resembled the woven design of a basket.The green area represents the country of Ghana.
2 The weavers of Ghana used looms to make 4 inch wide strips of kente cloth and then wove those strips together to form larger garments. They used vibrant colors and complex designs to portray each cloths symbolic meaning.
3 The colors, patterns, and symbols woven into the cloth represent specific meanings within the culture of Ghana. Kente cloth showed the history, philosophy, ethics, and moral values of the culture.
4 Symbols of Kente Cloth Adwinasa Adwinasa means all the motifs are used up. The creator of this cloth attempted to weave a unique cloth and he used all of the motifs known to weavers in one single cloth. The cloth was viewed as one of the top quality and most prestigious cloths.
5 Obaakofo Mmu ManObaakofo Mmu Man means “one person does not rule a nation.”The nine squares represent Mpuankron, a ceremonial hair cut of some royal functionaries who help rulers make decisions. Obaakofo Mmu Man kente signifies participatory democracy and warning against autocratic rule.
6 Sika FutoroSika Futoro means "gold dust." Gold dust was used as a medium of exchange among the people of Ghana. It was considered as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. The use of textured patterns in yellow, orange and red represented the visual characteristics of gold dust.
7 Nyankonton Nyankonton means "God's eye brow (the rainbow) Nyankonton Nyankonton means "God's eye brow (the rainbow)." The arrangement of warp threads mimics the visual characteristics of the rainbow. This cloth symbolizes divine beauty, gracefulness, divine creativity, uniqueness and good omen.