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Victoria Denaro African and Caribbean Visual Cultures Assigned Reading Paper March 28, 2008 Kente Cloth and Maroon Textiles: Bringing two cultures together Kente cloth in Africa and Maroon Textiles in the Caribbean are very colorful and tell us a story about the people that are wearing it. The cloth is very important to these cultures and represents them as a society it also illustrates their individual beliefs and values visually. The textiles connect African and Maroon people, which is important because the Maroons wanted to stay true to their African roots. It is interesting to see how similar African Kente cloth is to Maroon textiles, it connects these people groups and allows us to see how similar they are to one another. Kente cloth and Maroon Textiles represent the visual cultures of their particular people in different ways. Kente cloth, a fabric that is woven out of cloth strips, is native to Ghana and was developed in the twelfth century (African Journey 1). Kente cloth is made using bright and bold colors but also multicolored patterns and geometric shapes are formed. Africans who wear Kente cloth wear it not only for the colors and patterns in it but for the name of it. Its owner only wears Kente cloth at important times, since it is sacred. Every piece of Kente cloth has a name, the name usually has nothing to do with the pattern or color that is in the cloth but the names come from many different places, such as, proverbs, historical events and even important chiefs (African Journey 1). Kente
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