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ID number:  BIRRC-D0352
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Cotton textile
Object type:  Textile
Place made:  Africa: Ghana
Culture:  Possibly Ewe
Materials:  Cotton
Measurements:  See below

This cloth has been woven from machine-spun yarn on a double-heddle loom. It is comprised of warp-faced strips (9cm wide) in fawn, with wider brown stripes and narrow indigo, yellow and green stripes. These alternate with blocks of weft-faced bands in red, yellow, orange and indigo, or in pink, green, beige and indigo. The cloth also features supplementary weft-float bands in red, green, pink, pale green, or yellow, though the stitching and strips have deteriorated in many places. Kente cloth, such as this, is produced and worn by the Ewe and Ashanti people of Ghana. Large cloths can be woven using cotton, silk or rayon and are worn around the body for special occasions. This cloth was purchased in 1936 and was collected by William Cadbury. It was presented to the University of Birmingham by John Cadbury in 1966.

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