kente cloth


ken·​te cloth ˈken-ˌtā- How to pronounce kente cloth (audio)
: colorfully patterned cloth traditionally woven by hand in Ghana

called also kente

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Smallwood also has seen an increase in the use of African prints such as kente cloth and mud cloth, as well as with African masks and other art. John-john Williams Iv,, 24 Feb. 2022 There were kente cloth stoles, bright red lipstick and hoop earrings, turquoise jewelry, a hijab. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 For the piece, Rucker assembled 48 mannequins dressed in bespoke Ku Klux Klan-style hoods and robes tailored, not from white sheets, but from a globalist array of patterned fabrics: Asian silks, African kente cloth, military camouflage. New York Times, 15 July 2021 For her clients, that means organizing visits to Ghanaian villages that specialize in weaving kente cloth and carving wooden stools reminiscent of the Golden Stool once meant for royalty in the Ashanti Kingdom. Jessica Poitevien, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Mar. 2021 Sellers are getting creative and producing masks spanning everything from kente cloth to minimalist linen designs and floral prints. Erin Parker, Glamour, 27 Jan. 2021 Hundreds of black students gathered with friends and family near the law school, clad in dark robes and colorful stoles made of traditional African kente cloth., 13 Dec. 2017 Early in his practice, West African kente cloth and medieval European Unicorn tapestries were important points of reference. Marley Marius, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2020 And actor Fredric Michaels wears a kente cloth mask that reflects his African heritage. Mark Lennihan, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


Twi kenté

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kente cloth was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Kente cloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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