Woman's Kente cloth (pattern ammere Oyokoman)

CULTURE:
Asante peoples
DATE:
c. 1940s
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General Description

Kente is the best known and most popular of the Asante textiles. Oral traditions credit a spider’s web-making with having inspired two hunters to create the first kente. Osei Tutu I, the first king of the Asante, reserved the cloth for royals. Over time, with greater varieties of colors and materials, kente became accessible to more of the population.

This finely executed kente, composed of fifteen strips, displays a red, green, and gold warp stripe (lengthwise) pattern with a variety of weft motifs (width of each strip). Called ammere Oyokoman, this design is a variant of the popular Oyokoman pattern that alludes to the royal maternal genealogy.

Adapted from

  • Roslyn Walker, The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana, Label text, 2018.