Inspired by a spider's web Among the Asante (or Ashanti) people of Ghana, West Africa, a popular legend relates how two young men—Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw—learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web. One night, the two went out into the forest to check their traps, and they were amazed by a beautiful spider’s web whose many unique designs sparkled in the moonlight. The spider, named Ananse, offered to show the men how to weave such designs in exchange for a few favors. After completing the favors and learning how to weave the designs with a single thread, the men returned home to Bonwire (Bonwire is the town in the Asante region of Ghana where kente weaving originated), and their discovery was soon reported to Asantehene Osei Tutu, first ruler of the Asante kingdom. The asantehene adopted their creation, named kente, as a royal cloth reserved for special occasions, and Bonwire became the leading kente weaving center for the asantehene and his court.
Nothing captures the vibrant African vibe quite like kente cloth. The history of African kente cloth goes back to the 12th century, when these colorful fabrics were worn by African royalty. The name kente comes from the word "kenten" (basket), because of the cloth's resemblance to a basket-woven design. Each kente pattern is distinct and has its own special meaning. Many people around the globe are proudly wearing kente cloth today to show their unique sense of fashion and their connection to the motherland. In addition to clothing, kente cloth prints can be used to create crafts, decorations, throw rugs, table cloths, etc.
Fabric produced in Ghana, Africa. 100% cotton. 45" wide. Fabric weighs 4 oz./yard.