Kente cloth, $550

Kente cloth
Ghana, west Africa
mid 20th century
Size: 305 x 170 cm

List price: $. 990
Sale price: $. 550

The Kente cloth, made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo, is the best known of all African textiles. This strip-woven fabric began in the former Gold Coast of West Africa as festive dress for special occasions – traditionally worn by men as a kind of toga and by women as an upper and lower wrapper.