At first glance this artificial silk cloth looks like a fine example of a type of high status Asante kente that was called “adwinasa” with highly varied extra weft float motifs covering the full field of a classic Asante striped background called “Oyokoman.” The word adwinasa has been translated by different sources as meaning either “full of ornament” or “my skill is exhausted.” More careful attention reveals several anomalies – motifs, colours, and aspects of the borders, that indicate instead that this is a hybrid textile, woven by an Ewe weaver rather than an Asante.
Although weavers of the Asante around Kumase in central Ghana had a different repertoire of patterns and colours from that typical of Ewe weavers in the Volta Region there was a long history of interaction between the textiles and weavers of the two traditions. There were however relatively few cloths where this subtle mutual influence become visually apparent in a hybrid textile such as this. In excellent complete condition. Dates from circa 1950.
Measurement: 125 inches x 74 ins, 318 cm x 188 cm
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