This Orange and Green Weave Kente Tote is made from cotton fabric. Historians maintain that kente cloth grew out of various weaving traditions that existed in West Africa prior to the formation of the Asante Kingdom.
Among the Asante (or Ashanti) people of Ghana, West Africa, a popular legend relates how two young men—Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw—learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web.
Kente is woven on a horizontal strip loom, which produces a narrow band of cloth about four inches wide. Several of these strips are carefully arranged and hand-sewn together to create a cloth of the desired size. Most kente weavers are men.
Each tote measures 18"(L) x 5" (W) x 16" (H). Each tote is lined with a solid cotton fabic over a soft cotton batting and cotton back. The tote has 1 zippered pocket, a zippered closure and 12" shoulder straps.
Orange and Green Triple Weave Kente Tote
Kente is more than just a cloth. It is an iconic visual representation of the history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious belief, social values, and political thought of West Africa. Kente is exported as one of the key symbols of African heritage and pride in African ancestry throughout the diaspora. In spite of the proliferation of both the hand-woven and machine-printed kente, the design is still regarded as a symbol of social prestige, nobility, and cultural sophistication.
Each tote measures 18"(L) x 5" (W) x 16" (H). Each tote is lined with a solid cotton fabic over soft cotton batting. The tote has 1 zippered pocket, a zippered closure and 12" shoulder straps.