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Kente Cloth

The context

What can people tell about you from your clothes? We all form opinions about people based on what they wear - whether it's a school uniform, a smart suit, a hard hat or the latest fashion.

It can be particularly difficult to choose the right clothes for a celebration or a traditional ceremony. Ask people in your class what they would wear to a wedding. Would they choose an outfit that would make them stand out from the crowd? Would they pick their smartest outfit? Or would they simply wear clothes that made them feel attractive and confident?

In Ghana, men and women traditionally wear Kente robes for special occasions, like the chief in the picture. These magnificent garments give an impression of status and wealth, as well as reflecting the importance of the occasion. In this case study you will find out more about how Kente robes - the national dress of Ghana - are designed and made.

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