Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brightly patterned, handwoven ceremonial cloth of the Ashanti.
  • n. A durable machine-woven fabric similar to this fabric, prominently featured in Afrocentric fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of fabric made of interwoven cloth strips, native to the country of Ghana.

Etymologies

Twi kente, cloth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Twi. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sunday service can feature brilliantined choirboys, or an organist, or dancing women in kente cloth.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • A folk tale-like picture book of the first rank about a selfish young man who learns to compromise after leaving his African village, illustrated in kente-cloth colors and patterns by an artist who has won the Kate Greenaway award.

    2006 October 28 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • "We have the opportunity to jump-start our economy by paying our vendors today -- an immediate injection of billions into our economy," Quinn said in his 27-minute speech, during which he wore a sash known as a kente cloth to mark Black History Month.

  • The brightly colored, geometrically patterned cloth called kente, made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo is the best known of all African textiles, a symbol of African pride and a powerful cultural icon.

    The Journal-Standard Homepage RSS

  • Rawlings draped a hero's cloth, or "kente", over Clinton's shoulders.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Catie sat in her makeshift bed, wrapped in kente cloth, looking far too much like the queen mother—with her short hair—than Seena could stomach at the moment.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • And his daughter has enhanced the book with handsome hand-colored linoleum-block prints framed by decorative borders, some reminiscent of the Ghanaian cloth known as kente.

    2009 September 11 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Laboriously linked together from the metal bands on liquor bottles, the supple, richly colored sheets evoke the brilliant patterns of traditional kente cloth, with a nod at colonialism, waste, recycling and other highly charged issues.

    At the Clark, Social Commentary Made Beautiful

  • These wall hangings nod to vivid kente cloth that the artist wore growing up in Ghana.

    Don't Miss: Sept. 24-30

  • She also co-curated an exhibition on kente cloth at Emory University.

    Museum of African Art director aims to increase visibility, collections

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