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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ghana Kente Cloth #2






After visiting the Craft Market, we went to another small village and visited a facility with numerous Kente cloth weavers, and glorious colorful Kente cloth covering all the walls. Here is one corner of the room.



The colors and variety of patterns were stunning--and admidst all this vibrant Kente cloth we began to bargain with the men selling the cloth.






Here is one weaver--weaving a Kente cloth strip on a loom



We could purchase the strips of handwoven cloth or a large piece with the strips sewn together





I couldn't quit taking photos of all the different colorways and patterns...


Among the handwoven Kente cloth--the vendors were also selling some printed cotton fabrics...and sometimes the Kente cloth was sewn together with the printed cloth, like this piece



I snapped a few pics of some of the printed cloth, also




I find myself wishing I had taken a few more close-up photos of the Kente cloth, but came home with one beautiful strip and a larger piece--for some reason, I was attracted to blues that day...


6 comments:

Amy Esther said...

Just stumbled on your blog through blogcatalog.... I was in Kumasi a few years ago and I definitely picked up some gorgeous Kente cloth, though I wish I had got more! Your pictures bring back wonderful memories!

Tracie said...

Aurora, those are really stunning pictures! I just love all the bright colors! It simply amazes me how they can make so much with so little.

Shayla said...

They're wonderful- so much inspiration to be found in those geometric patterns. Love the pieces you chose.

peggy said...

These patterns are so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and details of this trip. Amazing.

Carole Baker said...

The baskets, art and Kente cloth are beautiful, as well as the people. Thank you for sharing your trip.

Leah said...

wow!!! gorgeous, gorgeous colors and patterns. love it! thanks so much for sharing!