Kente as it is popularly called is a very prestigious hand knitted Ghanian textile made of interwoven cloth strips of silk and cotton, originating from Akan tribe of Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana, West Africa. Kente is considered a royal and highly esteemed clothing worn on special occasions by kings and royalty.
In recent years, Kente has become even more prevalent and worn to almost any gathering and by anyone, it colours and patterns are being replicated on ankara print fabric which is one of the most common cloth material in West Africa.
The hand woven Kente cloth is more original and expensive compared to it’s ankara alternative due to the amount of time, effort and materials that goes into producing it, the hand woven Kente is evidently higher in value and quality.
Coming from a royal background and gaining popularity among west African nations, Kente has come to stay and fast spreading into other regions in Africa and the world at large.