Traditional African arts and crafts have influenced art throughout the world. Contemporary African textiles, such as Kente cloth, and African motifs often show up on city streets in North America. West Africans use small strip looms to weave narrow strips of fabric which they sew together to make large pieces of cloth. In this activity you will learn more about the weavers, the cloth, and the traditional patterns. You will also be able to study many photographs that will help you learn about West African textiles.
Destination Title: West African Kente Cloth
Start at the African Crafts Online Web site.
- Click on "Articles" in the menu. Browse through the articles, beginning with the slide show "West African Strip-Cloth Weaving." You may skip the article on Malinke motifs. Read all remaining articles, including the children's book.
- Return to the main screen, and then click on "Craftspeople." Click on "Gilbert 'Bobbo' Ahiagble, Ewe Kente Weaver, Ghana." Read about Mr. Ahiagble.
- Click on "Portfolio" and "Photos" in the menu at the left of the page and browse the pages.
Using the information you gathered while browsing the site, answer the following questions.