This beautiful handmade Asante Kente double weaved four panel wrap from Ghana’s famed Bonwire Kente Weaving Village will give your look vibrant uniquely west African style. These kente stoles work well when worn casually or with formal attire.
Measurement: 70” x 18”
Kente cloth had its beginnings in weaving traditions dating back to the 11th century. In the late 1500s, as the Asante empire became powerful and wealthy, traders brought colorful silk fabrics from Italy, India, and North Africa to the region. By the early 1700s, the Asante had begun the practice of unraveling imported fabrics and reweaving the silk threads into splendid fabrics for the royal court and regional chiefs. Kente cloth has been known for its dramatic colors and intricate patterns ever since.
Like other fabrics, kente cloth is woven on a loom. But instead of using a loom the same width as the finished fabric which might be eight feet wide Asante weavers use a narrow loom. They weave a very long strip of fabric about the width of a hand. The strip is then cut into pieces, which are sewn together to make the finished cloth.