Definition of kente in English:

kente

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɛntə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A brightly coloured cloth consisting of separate strips sewn together, made in Ghana.
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  • The men wear hand woven kente cloths draped over the left shoulder, with a ready-made short sleeved shirt underneath.
  • Artists and objects travel between worlds, travel whose earliest documentation may be found in the affinities between African American quilting traditions and west African strip-woven cloth such as kente.
  • For the Asante, the people most closely associated with kente, the cloth shifts from being a marker of class and regional origins to serving as ritual costume, nationalist statement, and marketing device.
1.1 [count noun] A long garment made from kente, worn loosely around the shoulders and waist.
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  • Nigerians wear the boubou, Ghanaians the kente, former president Mobutu Sese Seko of the former Zaire made the safari suit his own.

Origin

from Akan, literally 'cloth'.

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