The Asante kingdom is made up of many different types of culture ranging from food, dance, clothes and many others.
The clothes the Asantes wear speaks so much about them, it can be used in times of festivals, funeral, medium of communication, spiritual well-being and status.
One of the most unique of the Ashanti clothes is the cloth worn by Otumfour Osei Tutu II which has Islamic or Quranic verses printed on it. The influence of the Islamic life on the Asante culture cannot be overemphasized.
History dates back to the 17th century where the Islamic connected with the Asantes through cola trading activities. This led to the settlement of some of the Muslim immigrants in the Ashanti Region with some getting clerical positions in the palace of the Asante Hene to serve.
These Muslim immigrants became incorporated in the Asante life as their qualities and literacy allowed the Asante Hene and his elders seek advise from. Their descendants grew to become what is known as the 'Asante Kramo' who served in the palace as clerics.
This cloth is called "She Wanshe cloth" . The Quranic verses on the cloth seeks to give information about the cloth. It is believed to be worn for protection. "She Wanshe" itself means "burn I won't burn"
The cloth can only be worn by Asante Hene and Nsumankwahene. The cloth contains Islamic writings from the Qur'an which is believed to be a form of protective kabalistic designs. It can only be designed by an Islamic cleric.
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