Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
How to wear kente

Historically, kente was the cloth of kings. The king (asantehene) controlled the use and production of kente--whether for his household, officials or political allies. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. Unlike the royal family, however, an individual who owns kente today most likely owns one cloth that is worn on multiple occasions.

Kente is comparable to an evening gown or tuxedo in Western cultures. When kente is proudly worn or used on ceremonial occasions, it brings honor and prestige to the proceedings.

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