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1. A brightly patterned, handwoven ceremonial cloth of the Ashanti.
2. A durable machine-woven fabric similar to this fabric, prominently featured in Afrocentric fashion.

[Twi, cloth.]
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1. (Textiles) Also called: kente cloth a brightly coloured handwoven cloth of Ghana, usually with some gold thread
2. (Clothing & Fashion) the toga made of this cloth
[from a Ghanaian language, possibly Akan]
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(ˈkɛn teɪ)
a colorful fabric of Ghanaian origin: often worn as a symbol of African-American pride.
[1955–60; < Ashanti]
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Few of the original Kentes are in existence, but the Kente patterns are revered around the world as the most recognisable cloth of Africa.
The Kente, one of the world's most complicated weaves, is woven only by Ashanti men on looms for both hands and feet.
class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddlespan xml:lang="EN-GB"If you are to go for a serious meeting with a Nigerian or a Ghanian, they will be in their Agbadas and or Kentes. The Kenyan will be the fellow in a suit and tie," said Mutua, adding that it is time Kenyans became proud of their culture.
class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddlespan xml:lang="EN-GBIt was interesting to note the Ghanian Kente gown is worn the same way as the Maasai traditional attire, with the body-length gown being held by a knot on one shoulder.
Afri- can fashion and traditional styles have been adopted and adapted by Africans of the diaspora and even non-Af- ricans who are increasingly wearing bubas, soras, and geles and kentes. Many European cities celebrate Afri- can culture and traditional African dress -- another illus- tration of the dynamic nature of African fashion.
In kente cloth, gold represents status and serenity.
Traditionally, some cloths such as kente were used only by people of certain status or for particular cere- monies.
A few steps away, four wealthy guests in imperial kentes sat at a small table and ate a meaty breakfast, basking in their male status.
Wrapped in sumptuous kentes, the wealthy rose and silently walked in line toward the coffin to drop a bill into a basin sitting on top of it.
Its occupants were hidden within its dark interior, but Peter sat prominently on the hood, draped in the folds of his black kente. In back came the other men and the pickup with the coffin.