Here Are Eight Fascinating Facts That Uncover Kente Cloth’s Amazing History – An All Time Black Symbol
Worldwide--The Akan people are revered to be the establishers of the Kente cloth legend and its preceding encompassed prospects. Hailing from West Africa, the Akans have a rich culture. Like many African communities, they possess the colossal aspect of legends and myths strategically fabricated and knitted into the very existence the people, customs, and beliefs.
Similarly, the Akan people bore the majestic legend of the Kente Cloth and have potently transpired and transcribed the prospects of the legend to various aspects of life. Historically, the Kente Cloth is inspired by the distinct and unique web designs of the Ananse- A mystical and mythical spider revered to a have been existence over 400 years ago.
The spider was first sighted by two allies (Krugu and Watah) who were out hunting when they happened to come across it by chance as it made its web. They assimilated this design when they returned home and replicated the same designs onto their clothing’s and relevantly became a new revelation to their community.
THE SPIDER WEB AND ITS RELATION TO KENTE CLOTH
First, the core factual aspect that has been closely linked and equated to the Ananse mythical spider web is the similarity in the Kente cloth designs to the Ananse. Potently, with a rich herb of historical chronology being revered to the Ananse spider, the Kente Cloth relevantly bore the mark of uniqueness and greatness as did the Ananse spider.
Interestingly, the Ananse web is designed in what appear to be a 3 tier module whereby there are deep forms of art and classical appeals to it. The same designs have been replicated to the Kente Cloth predominant in West Africa and associated to hierarchy and riches.
KINGS ATTIRES AND SUPREMACY
The Akan people have their roots in the Ashanti dominion that existed between 1701 to 1957. During this era there existed a Monarchial system of leadership and hence Kings ordinarily assimilated the Kente Cloth as per the Ananse spider web legend in order to symbolize greatness and supremacy.
As such, with trade and modern relations, the Ashanti Kingdom assimilated silk and cotton apparels for the Kings and his concubines. The Kente Cloth became accessorized with modern fashion and aspects.
KUMASI AS THE PIONEER OF KENTE CLOTH
Chronologically, Kumasi is the Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and as such all that pertains to the Kente Cloth was instituted to have been conceited and pioneered in Kumasi. Furthermore, the Ashanti King Obwasi tutu cloaked himself in the Kente Cloth and hence was seen to have endorsed the cloth line thereby chiefly claiming domain of it. Relevantly, Kumasi became to be known and revered to as the capital of both Ashanti as well as Kente Cloth.
EXCLUSIVITY OF THE KENTE CLOTH
There is no doubt that anyone can attire and down himself or herself in the Kente Cloth. However, it is potently resonated that clanship of the society in terms of Hierarchy and supremacy provided for an exclusive nature of the Kente Cloth. Only Kings and dignitaries had the privilege of downing the best of Kente Cloth and thereby became exclusively a rich-man’s attire.