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WHO TOPS: Ashanti And Ewe Kente with the meaning of the Colors – [Photos].

Truly Ghana is favored with wonderful talents, we have talented musicians, footballers, comedians, actors and actresses, etc.

We can also boast of some rich local items which include locally made foods; Fufu, banku, waakye, akple, Yoko Gari, Red red, ect. One item that defines the culture of every Ghanaian apart from our language is our dress.

Ghana have very rich cultures when it comes to our dressing. "Kente", very popularly, quality and elegant is one of the oldest textile in the country.

 In the production of our rich Kente, there have being many controversies as to which tribe started the production.

Currently, Kente is popularly made among three tribes, the Ashanti, Ewes and Northerners in the country. But I would like us to concentrate on the Ashantis and Ewes in this article.

Kente, (Akan: nwentoma & Ewe: kete) is a Ghanaian textile, made of handwoven cloth strips of silk and cotton. Historically the fabric was worn in a toga-like fashion by royalty among ethnic groups such as the Ashanti and Ewe in modern day Ghana, the wearing of Kente cloth has become widespread celebrate special occasions or events.

EWE KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

EWE KENTE

Somewhere in the 17th century, during the rise of the Ashanti Empire, Kente became popular among the Akan royalty, and two centuries afterwards, weavers and houses of Kente could be seen throughout the Ashanti capital of Kumasi.

Currently, if one is looking for authentic Kente, the towns of Bonwire, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso, Safo and Adanwomase in the Ashanti region are noted for Kente weaving.

From some few research I made, Bonwire is the true origin of our popularly "Kente".

ASHANTI KENTE

EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

Another historical data shows that, in somewhere 1697, the then King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Osei Tutu, selected several weavers from nearby towns and villages to travel to neighbouring Ivory Coast to become experts in the complex art form.

Although the Ewe (“Ev-ay”) also weave many of the cloths known worldwide as kente. In fact many collectors regards Ewe textiles as the highest expression of African weaving artistry, according to my research. 

Perhaps as a consequence of this lack of a centralised royal authority imposing common standards to the Kente production, Ewe weaving is far more diverse than that of the Ashanti.

ASHANTI KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

Today Ewe weavers are most located within two towns, "Kpetoe and Agbozume", with the Agbozume as the site of a large cloth market which draws buyers from throughout Ghana as well as neighbouring countries.

MEANINGS OF THE COLORS OF KENTE

BLACK: maturation, intensified spiritual energy, spirits of ancestors, passing rites, mourning, and funerals

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: associated with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red

PURPLE: associated with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women

RED: political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.

SILVER: serenity, purity, joy; associated with the moon

WHITE: purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions

YELLOW: preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty


EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

EWE KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

ASHANTI KENTE

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