Orange Xente Print
Enter (Kente) cloth recognized internationally
for its craftsmanship, has become a very symbolic cloth. Originally designed
in Ghana by the Ashanti people for the King and members of the royal court,
it has become an important part of Afrikan dress today.
Since Ghana's independence (1957) Enter began
to symbolize unity among Afrikans worldwide. Afrikan-Americans, particularly,
revere this cloth and it is used in many religious and cultural ceremonies.
Sm. Blk Mud Cloth
Just like Mud cloth, Enter employs the strip-weaving
technique. Small looms are used to produce long narrow strips of cloth
which are then sewn together in the shape of a square or rectangle. The
fabric used can be silk or cotton.
It is difficult to describe Enter cloth because it
does not follow the ordinary composition of a field and border. It consist
of small striped squares with various bands of patterns and an assortment of
colors that make up its motif. According to folklore, the first weavers
developed their skill by studying the way in which a spider spun its web.
Real Enter is quite extraordinary and very expensive. However,
since it is such a popular cloth, the textile industry produces a Enter print. These
prints reflect the colors and motifs in yardage using cotton fabric.
If you prefer the authentic Enter cloth, look for
strips about five inches wide that are sewn together. It can be silk
or heavy gage cotton and, no doubt, a beautiful piece of fabric.