There are many types of African cloth’s such as kente, Adire, Adinkra, each of these cloth’s has it’s own unique style.
Kente cloth has history which stems from the 11th century & possibly earlier, Kente cloth was originally a cloth “Made for Kings” for the Asante Ghanaian Monarchy in West Africa no one else could wear Kente cloth apart from the Ghanaian Kings, The Kente cloth was and still is hand spun using cotton yarn, making Kente cloth extremely expensive,
The Kente textiles weavers are famous for using intricate geometric colourful designs, all the geometric designs have various meanings the textile weavers will design the fabrics depicting everyday event’s such as weddings, deaths, birth’s etc and historical event’s such as African cultural festivals, Traditional ceremonies & technological advancements such as the motor vehicle (see photo)
Over recent years textile manufactures have found ways to transfer the intricate geometric textile designs by using printing techniques instead of woven techniques the printing techniques has made the Kente cloth more affordable & widely available.
Although the printed techniques are widely available the very expensive woven technique is still in demand.