Kente Cloth

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Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object is the Kente cloth from Ghana, a country in west Africa. The Kente cloth is one of the most popular cloth used in Ghana. The cloth is used for events such as funerals, festivals, and other important events. Kente is also given as gifts for graduations, and weddings just to name a few. Kente is made from interwoven strips of fabric. The word kente comes from the world Kenten which means basket in the Akan dialect Asante. Kente is known to have a number of colors and patterns, those color representing something important. Red stands for blood, strong political and spiritual associations, bloodshed, sacrificial rites, and death.  Yellow stands for things that are precious, fertility, preciousness, wealth, royalty, and glory. Pink represents calmness, sweetness, and tenderness. Gold represents royalty, wealth, and spiritual purity. Fun fact, Ghana was once called the Gold Coast by the Portuguese because of all the gold that they found. Purple is associated with feminism, earth, and healing. Blue stands for holiness, peace, harmony, good fortune, and love. There are many other colors and meanings. 


Place(s): Ghana, West Africa

– Phebe

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