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Most of the clothes in Ghana that we know of are handwoven cloth, strips of silk and cotton, etc.
However, the oldest cloth is a different and special one. It was neither made of strips of silk, nor cotton. It wasn't handwoven too. It wasn't made from any material you know of. It is worn only on special days, and it is a traditional cloth worn only by the Akwamuhene.
"Mahoney" is the name of this special and sacred cloth. About four years ago, in 2017, it was worn by the Akwamuhene on one of their very special traditional occasions in Kumasi.
His Royal Majesty Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, is the Akwamuhene. On the 3rd day of Ashantehemaa's burial, His Royal Majesty was seen dressed traditionally in this cloth.
Mahoney is a traditional bulletproof cloth worn by Akwamuhene during the war. The only thing that can destroy this special cloth according to oral history, is a sacred stone. Mahoney was made of lion skin and cowries and dated back 400 years. It is very possible the Akwamuhene decided to wear the cloth on that occasion because of the special bond between Asanteman and Akwamuman.
Akwamuhene His Royal Majesty Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, played a crucial role in the formation of Asante as he safeguarded its King Osei Tutu I and provided soldiers who became an integral part of the new kingdom. Soldiers who provided protection for Otumfuo Osei Tutu l on his return to Kwaaman (now Kumasi), were made to settle at what is now known as Adum (from Anim) as well as Asafo in Kumasi.
History is interesting. Isn't it?
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