kente cloth

ken·​te cloth | \ ˈken-ˌtā- How to pronounce kente cloth (audio) \

Definition of kente cloth

: colorfully patterned cloth traditionally woven by hand in Ghana

called also kente

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Bridgette’s mother had traditional kente cloth fans made and flown in from Ghana; these were placed on the wooden pews for guests to use during the ceremony. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "There Was Dancing in the Street—and the Rain—at This New Orleans Wedding," 20 June 2019 My quaint family attended Ghanaian traditional baptisms and funerals adorned in kente cloth and other garb normalizing African culture in my New England neighborhood. Erica Ayisi, The Root, "Make Wakanda Real by Embracing Your African Roots," 5 Mar. 2018 There were Dogon masks hanging up, there was original kente cloth folded up on shelves, there were bolts and bolts of fabric, there was a team of ten people at cutting tables and seamstresses and tailors. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter on People Dressing Up to See the Movie," 22 Feb. 2018 In droves, people have attended Black Panther wearing Zulu hats, kente cloth, Adinkra jewelry, basotho blankets, and more, with the intention of showing their unabashed pride in the motherland. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "African-Americans Aren't Cultural Appropriating by Wearing African Fashion to See Black Panther," 22 Feb. 2018 Dozens of vendors scattered the convention center floor, selling everything from rum cake to kente cloth backpacks. Brandon T. Harden,, "Allen Iverson, Doug E. Fresh, Remy Ma thrill at 4th annuel Be Expo," 18 Mar. 2018 And Congressional Black Caucus member wore kente cloths to protest Trump's recently reported disparaging remarks about African countries. Paul Singer, USA TODAY, "Unity, fear and the anthem: Top takeaways from Trump's State of the Union address," 31 Jan. 2018 Like the kente cloth of the Ashanti, each blanket design has a meaning and is typically given during a formal rite of passage. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "African-Americans Aren't Cultural Appropriating by Wearing African Fashion to See Black Panther," 22 Feb. 2018 Caucus members also wore kente cloth at the address to protest Trump's negative comments about Haiti and African countries. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Black lawmakers continue King's fight for jobs, justice and voting rights," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kente cloth

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kente cloth

Twi kenté

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