Kente cloth is purely hand woven; no machinery is used. Weavers sit inside a wooden handloom to createlong, narrow interwoven strips that are later sewn together by a tailor to make the traditional kente cloths.
Kente cloth originated with the Ashanti people of Ghana. It dates back 375 years, conceived in a village called Bonwire. According to legend, Kurugu and Ameyaw, two brothers from the village, went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning a web.
They were amazed by the beauty of the web and thought that they could create something like it. Upon returning home, they made the first cloth out of black and white fibers from a raffia tree.
Initially, it was a sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem.