Royal Tradition

Kente cloth scarf

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SKU: 51221
The handsome rectangular motif that repeats itself across this shawl is a traditional throne used in West Africa by chiefs or kings. Its golden color denotes its regal purpose. Created in rich kente cloth by the Gobah Tengey-Seddoh Family, this exquisite textile makes a perfect gift for an admired leader. 'Fiazikpui' is created primarily on the weft, or horizontal threads of the loom. The design, which means 'Seat of a King,' originated in the 14th century to honor one of the head chiefs or kings of what is now Ghana.

Expert weavers, the Gobah Tengey-Seddoh Family creates this outstanding shawl in 100% rayon. Each strip requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Strips are generally three to four inches wide and seven to ten feet long, and the length of time it takes to complete one strip varies by the complexity of the chosen pattern. The simplest use mostly vertical, or warp patterns, and an experienced weaver can make several of those in one day. But patterns with nearly all weft (horizontal thread) patterns where the warp design is hardly visible can take up to four days to complete an individual strip. Each color has its own meanings in Asante culture. Green is fertility and new harvest, gold is royalty, black is strength, aging, and spirituality, while white is purity. The patterns themselves are carefully chosen symbols, which a master weaver develops and names, often to honor people, historical events, or proverbs.

Dry clean only.
  • 100% rayon
  • 0.77 lbs
  • 19.8 inches W x 75 inches H
  • Made in Ghana

Meet the Artist

Gobah Tengey-Seddoh