Although machine made kente is now widely available in Ghana, the Hand-woven kente is still reserved for formal occasions. Aside the beautiful designs and patterns of a Kente cloth, selecting the right kente clothe for a formal event requires occasion-appropriate clothing due to their special meaning. Funerals, weddings and engagements all require specific outfits-Yes they do.
There are over 300 different Kente patterns and these are inspired by religious beliefs, political ideas, social customs, proverbs, historical events, important chiefs, queen mothers and even plants.
Choosing The Right Kente
A variety of kente patterns have been invented, each of which has a certain concept or concepts traditionally associated with it. For example, the “Obaakofoo Mmu Man” pattern symbolizes democratic rule; Emaa Da, novel creativity and knowledge from experience; and Sika Fre Mogya, responsibility to share monetary success with one’s relations.
Therefore, customers always pick a style with the meaning in mind, example pattern that symbolises royalty, elegance, creative ingenuity can be selected when attending weddings, engagement and prestigious functions. A typical Kente Cloth with such an attribute is Adwinasa, according to history the designer of this cloth attempted to weave a unique cloth to please the Asantehene. This cloth is viewed as one of the top quality, and the most prestigious of kente clothes, besides those woven exclusively for Asante Kings.
How To Wear Kente
An original Kente cloth is heavy, therefore men and something women will normally wrap them around their body and over their shoulder whiles the women will predominantly sew them into traditional Kaba and Slit apparels. In the Ghanaian society, kente is simply a part of life. Mind you, Hand woven kente is always a formal cloth; worn only in times of extreme importance.
Kente And It’s Orgin
Kente weaving is uniquely Ghanaian and it was first made by two Ashanti friends who went hunting in an Ashanti forest and found a spider making its web. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen.
Kente is mostly made in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti and the Ashantiland Peninsula specifically (Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti) and among Ashantis. Also, West Africa has had a cloth weaving culture for centuries via the stripweave method. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in Ashanti language. Ashantis refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth.