KENTE/ EWE CLOTH
FIBER: Silk and Rayon, less frequently cotton
Kente cloth is believed to have originated in the 1700’s after two friends studied the method a spider used to spin its web. Akan legend has it that they stood in the forest for two days watching the spider and mimicked this action when they returned home. They presented their new cloth to the local chief, who in turn presented it to the Asante chief. The Asante chief was so impressed that he instantly declared it a royal cloth and reserved it for the kings.
Today still this cloth is worn only on special occasions. Selection of colour and pattern is essential as both are symbolic.