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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 307 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Kente Cloth of Western Africa

WEARING ART ON YOUR SLEEVE

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Do your clothes tell a story about your history, moral values, and religious and political beliefs? Kente, the hand-woven ceremonial cloth native to many West African countries, is more than a piece of colorful fabric. Each woven strip spells out in its warp and weft the wearer’s identity and heritage. The cloth, which gets its name from the Akan Twi word for basket (kenten), is typically woven by men in 4- to 8-inch strips cut down and sewn together ...

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