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Kente Cloth

How is meaning conveyed in Kente designs?

Strong colours, symbols and geometric patterns are woven into the Kente strips, all of which have a specific meaning.

Colour is particularly significant in the design. The warp thread is usually black, but the weft threads are always richly coloured. These colours have different meanings:

Despite the significance of colours and patterns, many people simply select strips that they find aesthetically pleasing or appropriate for a special occasion. For example, if they are choosing cloth for a garment to wear to a funeral, they will often pick a dark design.



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