Shortly after she arrived at the University of Michigan in 1994 as director of the school's Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Affairs, she noticed a number of African-American students dressed in their caps and gowns with colorful kente cloth
in the days before the university's main commencement ceremony.
"I opened my suitcases and pulled out the indigo-dyed Adire cloth from Nigeria, the ornately embroidered Shema cloth from Ethiopia, the mud cloth from Mali, the sumptuous hand-woven Kente cloth
from Ghana and the luscious raw silk from Madagascar," he recalls.
He opened his suitcases and pulled out the indigo dyed Adire cloth from Nigeria, the ornately embroidered Shamma cloths from Ethiopia, the mudcloth from Mali, the sumptuous hand woven Kente cloth
from Ghana and the luscious raw silk from Madagascar.They got to work and produced a small collection for the New York Street Festival with some models wrapped in African textiles with large amber beads from Mali or strings of ostrich egg shell beads from Kenya as Alan did not want to cut into the beautiful fabrics.
We gathered under a chuppah of cherry blossoms, twinkle lights, and kente cloth
in our adopted home of Washington, D.C., and became a family.
Butterfield is wearing traditional African kente cloth
around his neck.
In a 1966 roundtable, Amos stated, "I don't believe there is such a thing as a Negro artist." Even before the formation of Spiral, she had found work as a textile designer and had begun integrating handwoven and, later, store-bought kente cloth
and batik fabrics into dense, multitextured figure paintings.
Bulky art pieces in a variety of colours and frames com- pete with bold displays of African masks, mud cloth and Kente cloth
. You will be forgiven for thinking this is a gallery with an identity crisis.
But understanding culture or context has to be more than "just kente cloth
on the altar," Schroeder said--it involves sincere openness to the other.
I was at the African American Awareness Association's kente cloth
ceremony, in which black students each receive a brightly patterned woven fabric that serves as a symbol of culture and heritage.
She also showcased the Kente cloth
, known as nwentoma in Akan, a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana.
OUR ANIMALS DESERVED FRAMES, so I shared with students a strip of Kente cloth
I had acquired several years ago.