African Art old kente loom wooden weaving tool for woven cloth Ashanti Ghana
Parts of an OLD African Ashanti Loom for Kente cloth. ( 1 REED and 1 SHUTTLE. Please see photos ).
The Size of the reed ( beater ) is 7" ( 17.5 cm ) x 6 1/2" ( 17 cm ).
The Size of the shuttle ( Boat, that carries the bobbin across the warp ) is 6 1/2" ( 17 cm ) in length.
The set is in good condition with some damages, cracks, repairs ( by the weaver ) and wear due to usage and age.
The beater and shuttle have nice dark patina due to age and usage.
Kente is an ASHANTI / ASANTE ( Ghana - West Africa ) Ceremonial cloth that is hand woven on a horizontal treadle loom.
The strips are sewn together into larger pieces of cloths.
It takes from several weeks to months for a weaver to complete a cloth like this depending of the design and size !Kente is more than just a cloth but is a visual representation of history, ethics, oral literature, philosophy, moral values and religious beliefs. The Kente cloths history goes back to the 17th Century. In present days is still used as a cloth in Ghana but is also used by collectors of fine woven cloths and artifacts as Wall hanging, sofa or bed covering. A real piece of Authentic African art !