Liar’s Cloth Kente

K324 – Fine early C20th example of the rare Asante kente pattern known as “liar’s cloth,” woven from blue and white cotton.

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Description

Fine early C20th example of the rare Asante kente pattern known as “liar’s cloth,” woven from blue and white cotton. Rattray, 1926, noted that “Nkontompo ntama, (the liar’s cloth) so called from the warp pattern. The King of Ashanti is said to have worn this pattern when holding court, to confute persons of doubtful veracity who came before him.” Liar’s cloth is marked by three narrow lines that move both along and across the strip – a technically complex feat that is discussed in this post on my blog here.  On this cloth the weaver has added another layer of texture and pattern to the design but placing groups of five thicker wefts between the blue blocks of weft on adjacent strips. The cloth is sewn such that the regularity of layout breaks down in the lower section. With the original sewing of the strips intact this was presumably intentional. We recently had this cloth cleaned by our restorer and it is in excellent complete condition. It is smaller than typical for Asante men’s cloth and perhaps was made for a youth.

Measurement: 86 inches x 61, 219 cm x 156 cm.

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