The History Of Asante Kente

The origin of Kente cloth is explained partly with a legend and partly with historical account, coming from two important towns in Asante Region of Ghana, namely Bonwire and Adawomase. On the part of Bonwire, it is popularly known that a man name Otaa Kraban and his friend Kraku Amoagya from Bonwire learnt the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web in the year 1650. Taking the cue from the spider’s web they wove a strip of raffia fabric and later improved upon the skills. They reported their discovery to their chief who in turn reported to the Asantehene. The Asantehene adopted the royal arts as precious and prestige cloth, and became the custodian of Asante Kente.


On the part of Adawomase’s historical art of weaving, it traces it source from the north Ouagadougou (now Burkina Faso) with the help of two citizens from Adawomase, namely Nana Sarkodie and Nana Amankwa. They discovered this brand of weaving technique on their usual trade mission to the north of Ouagadougou around the year 1750.

Nana Sarkodie being a good trader and a prince, decided to go back to Ouagadougou with his friend Nana Amankwa. They stayed there as long as they could and learnt the art of weaving. After staying there for so many years they returned to Adawomase with the discovery which they brought with them a piece of woven cloth which they named it “Fufutoma” the white cloth. As a result of this valuable achievement by the two sons of Adawomase, a special stool Fufutoma was created by Asantehene to signify the origin of Fufutoma designs. All occupants of the stool have special duties to perform at the Asantehene’s palace.