Artwork : ArchiveNo00168

Kente Cloth 2006


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Artefact

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Contributor

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ContributionForm
Contributor Name Mabel Maginn
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Profession

Location Waterlooville
Collection Date 21.09.08 3.15pm
Artefact Name Kente Cloth
Artefact Description Made of cotton, the design in called ‘Fatia’. Two geometric patterns – one with small check squares – orange and green. The second pattern is made of stripes in burgundy, cream and gold. Natural dye has been used. 3 x 2m
Good condition.
Artefact Date 2006
Artefact Stored In suitcase in wardrobe
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken Cotton from edge of material.
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History of Artefact The Kente garment dates back four hundred years. Originating in Ghana, kings and queens would wear them in ceremony. The men would wear them as a toga, the women would wear them as a skirt. Worn today by anyone who can afford them. This particular pattern was worn by the president of Ghana in the 1960s – Kwami Nkrumah. His wife also wore this pattern – her name was Fatia – hence the name of the design. The design symbolised the union of Eqypt and Ghana. The colours represent various things – the green represents plant forms, the gold represents wealth and royalty and the maroon represents the earth. ‘It was bought from a market in my home town in Ghana.’
Historian

Previous Owners None
Special Memories ‘I wear it and it reminds me of my identity. I would wear it as a shawl to parties and gatherings and it immediately informs people of my identity.’
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