Ghana’s Kente is a one of a kind material among all textures both in the country, and Africa. It isn’t only famous in the Asante region of Ghana, but additionally in different parts of the world.
The Asantes, who happens to be the ‘owners’ of this fabric have a high veneration for it, so much that, when one puts it on, you are exceptionally viewed as a special person going for a special event.
All over the world, kente is now perceived as a texture or material that is regarded as excessively valuable. At a point, several Universities in the U.S and other parts of the world used Kente as their primary clothing for graduation functions. Parliamentarians in certain countries even wear the beautiful woven fabric to signify an exceptional day during their sitting.
The entwined material strips, which is local to Ghana, is worn by several Ghanaian clans, most particularly the Akans, the Kingdom of Ashanti eminence (currently now predominant all through Asanteman).
Kente material initially picked up recognition on the universal scene with the ascent of Kwame Nkrumah and the freedom of Ghana in 1957.
As the first sub-Saharan African country to recapture its autonomy from colonial mastery, Ghana, and with Nkrumah as its first President, attained enormous symbolic stature for the rest of Africa and for African Americans-many of whom visited Ghana just before or after independence.
As the Asante realm rose to power in the late 1600s, the weaving of kente became the restrictive privilege of the Asante King and his designates. Regal control of this world class texture continued for a long time, but close to the furthest limit of the nineteenth century, kente became progressively accessible to the people who could bear the cost of it.
Starting with the triumph of the Asante in 1874 by the British, the historical backdrop of kente is one of expanding democratization.
This texture which is worn by pretty much every Ghanaian clan and represents national social character, is also worn with respectable confidence. Kente is fundamentally a merry dress worn at several yearly celebrations.
It is also used in other conventional settings as a drum covering, a cart liner, umbrella texture, fan and shield covering, ornament packaging, and even undergarments. Kente is now being used as an inside decoration in Ghana’s Parliament House and in the United Nations.
In fact, Asante kente is held in high respect, and has had by a long shot, the more unavoidable universal noteworthiness. The story and to be sure scholarly part of kente classification is additionally without a doubt critical to its popularity in international fashion.
There are various kinds of Kente, with some being unique, while others are simply made for other customary purposes. Quality Kente accompanies a great deal of things including the sort of string utilized, the texture, colour and even the time spent in weaving them.
Subsequently, special or unique Kente is expensive, and when worn, it upgrades your beauty and personality in assorted manners. Ghana brags of many income sources, but Kente is also one of the wellspring of income for the country.
Every year, several number of global vacationers and foreign nationals who move to Ghana to purchase the original Kente texture is unimaginable. African Americans, Ghanaians and other Africans living abroad, and numerous others visit Ghana, precisely Bonwire, where the best Kente is woven to get one for themselves. Ghana rakes in tons of cash each year through what I call ‘Kente tourism’.