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The rich Gold-rich folks of the Asante Kingdom of Ghana are a bunch with a deep and complex tradition that dates again centuries in the past.
Ashanti oral historical past reveals that even earlier than the arrival of so-called “European civilisation and schooling” the Ashantis had already developed the big and influential Asante Empire, alongside the Lake Volta and the Gulf of Guinea.
Considered one of such improvements was their textile and material business which noticed the creation of the “nwentoma” or what’s popularly recognized immediately as “Kente”. Kente is a sort of silk and cotton material product of interwoven fabric strips.
Kente is made in Akan lands such because the Ashanti Kingdom, together with the cities of Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, and Ntonso within the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Area.
One of many oldest Kente cloths remains to be in use until date by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
In a submit which was shared on social media by Facebooker, Akwasi A Afrifa Akoto, the outfit was commissioned by Kwaku Dua Panin within the 1830s and has seen it handed down six generations down.
“How outdated do you assume this ‘ntoma’ is? It’s so outdated that 7 Kings have worn it-commissioned and worn by Kwaku Dua Panin(1830s), the wealthiest Otumfuo ever who begot 300 kids to Kofi Karkari to Mensah Bonsu Ababio to Prempeh Panin ne Prempeh Ababio to Opoku Ware Ababio to Osei Tutu Ababio…It’s worn on very particular events…Asanteman, prepare for the Eyie Kese3,” he wrote.
It is just worn on grand occasions and its significance just isn’t misplaced on these with a watch for vintage and tradition. The pink fabric has adinkra symbols and icons.
Regardless of, Ghana being a constitutional republic, the Asantahene nonetheless performs an vital position in Ghana immediately, symbolically linking the previous with present Ghanaian politics.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu who succeeded his maternal uncle, Opoku Ware in 1999 is the 16th king to ascend the golden stool.
The Asantehene, who inherited his place alongside matrilineal traces, has quite a few chiefs beneath him all through the dominion who acts on his behalf.
He additionally has many counsellors with whom he confers earlier than making choices.
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