Week2: Inside the Ashanti Empire

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Learning how to weave the traditional Kente Cloth.
Learning how to weave the traditional Kente Cloth.
After two hours of fun/unconfortable bargaining. Notice how we smile, and they do not. :)
After two hours of fun/unconfortable bargaining. Notice how we smile, and they do not. 🙂
Printing Ashanti symbols on Kente Cloth. I chose four symbols: 1. Faithfulness 2.Knowledge and wisdom 3.Leadership 4.Patience and Endurance
Printing Ashanti symbols on Kente Cloth. I chose four symbols:
1. Faithfulness
2.Knowledge and wisdom
3.Leadership
4.Patience and Endurance
We spent our second weekend in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region. We visited the famous sword site, Prempeh II Jublilee Museum, the Cultural Center, and Manhyia Palace Museum. Kumasi was a lot greener and it rains while we were there. It was great learning about the Asanti Empire, their matrilineal culture, and their political organization. The legend of the Asanti Empire, the golden stool seem to be known by most of the locals, and it is one story that is consistently told by everyone, regardless of who tells it. We also visited Bonwire, the Kente cloth village, and it was fun learning how to weave the kente cloth. We also visited Peter’s family-owned business, where we learned how they make the dye that is used to print symbols on Kente cloths. We were able to make our own. Fatimata