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Kente cloth is a textile of the Akan peoples of West Africa. Originally a sacred royal cloth only worn by kings, modern Kente cloth is woven for an international audience that appreciates the cloth's vibrant coloration, intricate patterning and symbolism.
Our beautiful Kente cloth table runner is handcrafted in Ghana by the weavers of TY Kente, established in 1992 by expert weaver Thompson Yao Avornyotse. Avornyotse hails from the Volta region of Ghana and learned the art of Kente weaving from his grandfather. The entrepreneur is using his success to educate his community about the importance of Kente cloth to the Volta region through a Kente library and museum.
13.5"W x 72"L
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Symbolic meanings of the colors in Kente cloth [from projectexploration.org]:
- black-maturation, intensified spiritual energy
- blue-peacefulness, harmony and love
- green-vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
- gold-royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
- grey-healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
- maroon-the color of mother earth; associated with healing
- pink-assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect
- purple-assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
- red-political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and
- silver-serenity, purity, joy; assoc. with the moon
- white-purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
- yellow-preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility