woman's wrapper; kente

Asante people
Creation date
cotton, silk
78 3/4 x 43 in.
Credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Colorful strip-woven kente cloths are the most recognizable of all African textiles. The complex weaving technique produces patterns that have distinct names and symbolic significance.

The choice of wearing a specific pattern was up to the • individual. Commissioned marriage kentes often had motifs symbolizing life-affirming messages such as "extended family is strong."

The pattern on this kente, known as Aberewa Ben, was named for a spiritually strong woman of the Asensie clan.

(Grove Gallery, New York) {1}; IMA (June 21, 1984).
{1} through Eric Robertson
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