All these cloths are genuine old Asante kente woven and collected in Ghana. Men's cloths, which were worn draped toga-fashion, are larger, around 3 metres by 2 metres. Women's cloths, which were usually worn in pairs, are about 2 metres by 1.2 metres. Each is in good to excellent condition. Some Asante kente cloths are woven from cotton, a very few highly prized heirloom pieces are silk, but the vast majority are woven from rayon, which was adopted by Asante weavers as a substitute for more expensive silk soon after it became commercially available, at least by the 1930s/40s. Here we focus on rare silk pieces woven with complex patterns for royal and chiefly patrons rather than the more readily available rayon ones (which can be picked up on Ebay for a few $100.) Careful attention and a trained eye attuned to the nuances of Asante textile design will be rewarded by a greater appreciation of the skill shown by those weavers working for Asante kings and chiefs who created the rare cloths displayed here. For more information visit our Asante kente introduction. Click on the images for a bigger picture plus full details of size and condition for each cloth, together with ordering information.
|K232: - silk: SOLD||K219 - silk: US$1250||K216 - silk: US$1850||K221 - silk: US$1850|
|K215 - cotton, very rare style: US$1850||K218 - cotton & silk: US$1250||K222 - cotton & silk: SOLD||K220 - silk: US$1850|
|K224 - silk: US$2400|
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