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Kente Wrapper (Nsaduaso)

A work made of silk, cotton, and rayon, 27 narrow woven strips of plain weave with bands of weft-faced, warp-ribbed plain weave and bands of plain weave with supplementary brocading wefts; joined.

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  • A work made of silk, cotton, and rayon, 27 narrow woven strips of plain weave with bands of weft-faced, warp-ribbed plain weave and bands of plain weave with supplementary brocading wefts; joined.

Date:

1925-75

Artist:

Asante
Ghana

About this artwork

The specialized designs, color combinations, and warp-strip configurations that define kente cloth, which makes up this wrapper, were probably first created under the patronage of the Asantehene, monarch of the historical Kingdom of Asante. Draped over one shoulder and falling to the wearer’s feet in lavish folds, the finely woven cloth is only one part of the rich array of royal presentation regalia and visual markers of kingship, wealth, and status.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Textiles

Culture

Asante

Title

Kente Wrapper (Nsaduaso)

Origin

Ghana

Date

Made 1925–1975

Medium

Silk, cotton, and rayon, 27 narrow woven strips of plain weave with bands of weft-faced, warp-ribbed plain weave and bands of plain weave with supplementary brocading wefts; joined

Dimensions

335.2 × 231 cm (132 × 91 in.) Strip width: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

1991.761

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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