Exhibition: "Wrapped in Pride - Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity"
"Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity" explores the art of making kente, its symbolism in the cultures of Africa, and its expression of identity in African American communities.
The brightly colored, geometrically patterned cloth called kente, made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo, is the best known of all African textiles. In African American communities across the United States, kente is much more than mere cloth: it is a symbol of African pride and a powerful cultural icon.
Worn by the likes of W. E. B. Du Bois, Muhammad Ali, Spike Lee, and Nelson Mandela, among others. Explore kente weaving traditions and see extraordinary examples of historic and contemporary kente—including some specifically set out to touch—and numerous objects incorporating its patterns.
Exhibition runs May 15 through Aug. 16, 2009.
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