Kente Cloth Weaving in Ghana Taught by a Spider


Two brothers from Bonwire, a hamlet in Ghana's Ashanti region, were claimed to have gone hunting one afternoon when they came across a spider spinning a web around 375 years ago. 

According to mythology, Krugu Amoaya and Watah Kraban were inspired by the web's beauty and sought to construct something similar. 

Because of the way the web was woven, the cloth they made appeared like a basket.

A basket is referred to as "K3nt3n" in Akan slang. 

The textile was thus dubbed "k3nt3n ntoma," which evolved into Kente over time. 

Krugu Amoaya and Watah Kraban then handed the kente cloth to Nana Osei Tutu I, the Asantehene or monarch, who approved it as a royal fabric to be kept for special occasions. 

Since then, many people have accepted the bright cloth, which is now used in festivals, funerals, naming and marriage rituals, as well as public events.

The cloth is also available in a variety of colors, each of which has its own meaning. 

Green denotes development and vigor, whereas yellow denotes riches and royalty, blue denotes love, and red denotes aggression and violence. 

Despite Ewes from Ghana's Volta area attempting to claim the fabric, it has become symbolic and indicative of the Akan people's and Ghana's heritage.