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kente (cloth)
  • Ghana
  • kente (cloth), late 1800s–1991
  • Where object was made: Ghana
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 141 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 55 1/2 x 3 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6688

The narrow strip of cloth is unfinished at the narrow ends. It is green with a white stripe down the center and thin blue stripes. There are four iterations of a design consisting of a block of red-purple and dark yellow right triangles. There are horizontal stripes above and below the block in dark blue, green, dark yellow, and red-purple.

The second design at the end has two dark yellow diamonds with a red-purple cross inside. There are stripes of red-purple, green, dark yellow, and dark blue between. There are four horizontal stripes of short vertical stripes in red-purple and dark yellow above and below the two diamond designs.

These strips of cloth are woven by men and sewn together to form a larger cloth. Originally, they were only worn by chiefs, today these are worn by men or women who can afford them.