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Kente-weavers in Ho, Ghana

Kente-weaving art from Ghana

In Ghana, there is a special weaving art: Kente-weaving. Strips woven out of cotton or silk are sewn together to form a “Kente-cloth”. In many cases, families had been engaged in this weaving craft for generations. Children and young people are employed in this work - women and girls have been trained as weavers only a few years ago. Traditionally, they had to spin the yarns. The typical trait of the Kente-cloth is the geometrical variety covering more than 300 individual patterns. Some of the ornaments and (but) also complete fabrics have names which are, however, only known today to a few weavers and old people. Each customer can individually decide upon his cloth on the basis of sample strips.

The name of the cloth bears reference to the owner. The fabrics were never used in everyday life but served mainly for special occasions. Thus, Kente-stoles are used by pastors in church services. Bremen Mission supports a Kente weaving factory in the Ewe region. This factory is intended to train young people to be weavers, likewise a weaving factory in Pagbo, near Ho, which was set up only in 1999.