What is the history of Kente? – Textiles in Ghana (2/16)

What is the history of Kente? – Textiles in Ghana (2/16)


How do the makers of kente
see their own history? The chief of the weavers at Bonwire, the
kentehene tells the story of kente. Archaeological evidence
from two excavations indicates the presence of
narrow strip weaving in the 11thC, but the technique
for making patterned strips seems to date from the 16th or 17thC. Around 1730,
Danish traders record the unravelling of imported silk
to use in weaving.

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