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Upon my return from my Peace Corps service in Ghana, West Africa, I was often asked about kente. I usually would be either showing my pictures or wearing some kente or even an entire kente cloth. Although I knew a bit about weaving kente, many questions remained unanswered. When I tried to find answers online, I first had to sieve through all the sites exhibiting kente but which provided little more than a paragraph of information. I finally went back to my contacts in Ghana and surprisingly even they had a bit difficulty finding good information in a print form.
I gave away much of my simple lengths of kente to friends and those bound and determine to own some kente themselves. Soon my supply ran out and I wanted to acquire more for gifts and such. Gratefully I had my contacts in Ghana because many of the sites online sell expensive full size cloths and those that did sell smaller pieces had poor or no online purchase capabilities. I wanted to know more about kente and be able to gift more of it to friends.
I also wanted to find ways to help out the people of Ghana. More business in developing worlds will help them improve their country’s economic situation. Handouts are necessary for these people to survive but to grow independent these countries must remain stable, have sufficient business, and retain their educated people. Ever since I returned from Ghana, I have found ways to help out. My mother thinks I am crazy sometimes because I even went into debt giving. I have helped Samuel Sarpong obtain his university education, helped Prince Dzomeku purchase a taxi, and now I am working with Samuel Boakye to improve his life.
As a result of wanting to help Samuel, Ghana in general, and to bring kente to America, Samuel and I are joining forces and are offering various high quality kente designs. We are also offering more in depth information about "my" Ghana and the history of kente and the process of weaving kente.
With the kente stole and information:
Samuel and my hope is by providing more information on Ghana or at least one of its most culturally and historically significant art forms, kente weaving, we will encourage you to explore what Ghana has and can offer to you. Samuel and I want to share with you the beauty of kente. We want to share the history of kente and its place in Ghanaian culture. I selfishly want to add color in an elegant and artistic fashion to most of the bland homes here in the USA. Kente will certainly add color and texture to any home. At the same time, owning kente means you also have the Ghanaians in your mind and support their community.
Many Marvelous Designs
Each of the kente stoles are 4” wide to 77” long, more or less, and sell between $22-35 a piece plus shipping and handling. This price allows us to buy quality handmade kente cloth and contribute $3 toward our scholarships and business loans in Ghana. With each order you will also automatically receive information about your design, if available, kente in general, and general Ghana information.
Other Kente inspired items.
Samuel Omweri contacted Kentesource right over the
new year into 2011. He mentioned he had artisans in Western
Kenya making Kente inspired products. Considering Kente is not
woven in Kenya, his message surprised me a bit and I certainly
questioned it. He went ahead and mentioned the Tamokcub
Project is non profit organization in Western Kenya founded by local volunteers. It has
many artisans who make various handcrafts such as soapstone carvings, wood carvings, baskets, bags, T-shirts,
jewelry and others products. I was only interested in those products
that relate to Kente. I ordered some product and was pleased to see
a fit to Kente and hence am giving the Tamokcub Project a plug on
the Kentesource.com homepage and a full more in depth page on the
web site (click image below). I like the non-profit nature of
the organization and that proceeds go toward developmental work.
Shortly after returning to the USA after my Peace Corps service in Ghana while I was still putting together my new household, I was surprised to find plates and utensils with kente motifs. At that time I could only afford a small set of plates. Now that I could afford more, I obviously cannot find them. However, by accident I ran into Cafepress.com. At the site I learned I could make my own products and market them. I am now having fun with this site. I have thus far only created two kente inspired mugs but am working on a few other items. It is fun creating the artwork based on kente and putting it on these products. I hope you may enjoy these as well.
Feel free to read my "Flat Stanley" report of my Ghana 2006 trip. Just click the below image:
Please, I always wish to add to my knowledge and this list so if you find something out there not in this list let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also receive a report. The report goes into greater depth on how kente is made, its history, and its cultural significance in Ghana.
Ghanaians are a very proud and hospitable people. Yet they would be insulted if they heard Samuel and I were selling a piece of their culture and history in an undignified fashion. In their honor we are only going to offer the best authentic handmade kente!
If for whatever reason, you are not satisfied with your kente please return it and we will either send you a new piece of kente or refund your purchase. Whatever you prefer. We would rather have you send the kente back than be unhappy about your purchase. We are so confident you will love your kente and are offering you a money-back lifetime guarantee.
All authentic kente is handmade so each piece is an original and hence varies but each piece should closely resemble the ones indicated on this site
Select one of the following authentic kente designs by clicking on the image.