Friends – we love this video clip of Kwasi at work in front of his large loom, plying his craft for the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.!!!!!!!! This video is very short – it is less than 1 minute long – but it gives viewers a wonderful up close and detailed look at … More Kwasi Asare demonstrating Kente weaving at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Kwasi Asare conducting a special children’s Kente Cloth workshop in Richmond, Virginia on July 22, 2021. Despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kwasi is still conducting some live workshops and seminars! In this new era of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we all have to make adjustments – but we can still find ways … More Kwasi Asare is still offering live Kente cloth workshops!
COVID-19 and the creation of Kwasi Asare’s online Kente weaving course This past year has been hard on all of us. We’ve drastically changed our lifestyles and habits as our jobs and lives have been uprooted; we’ve learned to wear masks in public and to practice social distancing. We’ve been going crazy from being confined … More Introducing the WORLD’S FIRST online Kente weaving course – brought to you by Kwasi Asare!
The Memorial Day public execution of George Floyd triggered an avalanche of worldwide emotion, protest action and outrage that have led to local, state and national debates and legislative changes as well as a plethora of corporate and institutional policy discussions and transformations. In the midst of this historic moment, House Democratic Party leaders dawned … More Kente Cloth and the Modern Politics of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
Hello Friends – We just want to remind everyone that Kwasi is holding a series of workshops at the Adrinka Studio in Mount Rainer, Maryland at the end of August, including both this weekend (Saturday and Sunday August 24th and 25th) and Labor Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday August 31st and September 1st). Kwasi Asare’s Kente … More Kente Cloth Workshops at the Adrinka Studio, Mount Rainier, Maryland
Kwasi Asare’s next Kente weaving workshop will be at the Adrinka Studio at 3804 34th Street in Mount Rainier, Maryland. We’ll be doing a series of workshops on two weekends at the end of August: Saturday and Sunday August 24th and 25th, as well as Labor Day weekend, Saturday August 31st and Sunday, September 1st. … More A Kente weaving workshop at the Adrinka Studio
Daughters of the American Revolution put on a number of special events throughout the year. Through the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Kwasi Asare will be conducting a special demonstration and workshop on Kente cloth and its history, culture and weaving production – on Saturday, August 3rd, from 10 am to 3 pm. This … More A Kente cloth workshop for Daughters of the American Revolution
Kente cloth is becoming iconic. In the movie Black Panther Kente cloth was symbolic of T’challa and his royal family as role the King of Wakanda. But the appearance of Kente cloth in the film was just a reflection of how Hollywood is catching up with the pervasiveness of Kente in African and African-American … More Kente as a universal African symbol
Recently, when Naomi Campbell was at a fashion show in Durban, South Africa, she touched upon an important subject in art, culture and fashion that probably isn’t talked about enough. The typical historical pattern for Africa – and other indigenous nations and cultures around the world – is for Europeans and the Western world to … More Naomi Campbell on the profitability and marketing African fashion and fabrics
“Quality” by Fuse ODG This dope video by Fuse ODG – Ghanaian artist and musician Nana Richard Abiona – is a great example of the fantastic new possibilities that are evolving in artistic expression with Kente cloth. As you can see, all the lovely models in this music video are wearing Kente – the look … More “Quality” Fuse ODG, Kente and the beauty of an African woman