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Creator Nationality: African; West African; Ashanti
Creator Role: weavers
Creator Name-CRT: Ashanti
Title: Kente Cloth
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: woven
Materials and Techniques: cotton, silk
Dimensions: L.116-7/8 x W.83-11/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 99.91
Credit Line: Gift of Myron Kunin

Once the prerogative of kings, today kente cloth is worn by many Ghanaians on formal occasions. The quality of threads as well as the number and width of the individual strips which make up the wrapper contribute to its high cost, but the complexity of the patterning establishes the prestigious quality of the cloth. The diversity of the weft patterns are often special designs developed by the individual weaver within the confines of strict traditions. Elaborately patterned cloths are usually special commissions executed by highly trained master weavers.

AMICA ID: MIA_.99.91
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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