woman's wrapper (kente)

Asante people

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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

Object Information

culture
Asante people
creation date
mid 1900s
materials
cotton, silk
dimensions
78-3/4 x 43 in.
accession number
1984.37
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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