Kente Cloth Sample Pattern

Kente Cloth Sample Pattern

 

Kente cloth refers to a traditional African fabric  from the Ashanti (or Asante) people, first developed in the 12th century. Kente Cloth is handwoven in narrow strips in traditional patterns on a horizontal treadle loom, then handsewn into larger pieces. The term kente has its roots in the word kenten which means a basket. 

The traditional red, gold and green repeated in the design are colors of liberation: red represents the blood shed by millions of people in captivity; gold represents mineral wealth or prosperity, and green symbolizes the vegetation of the homeland of Africa.  Boxes arranged in the “X” formation represent the joining together of ideas at one focus point. 

The use of a Kente Cloth – as part of the bride or grooms attire,  or an African inspired altar can be draped in Kente cloth,  or can be used  for a handfasting ritual.