My Artistic Contribution to the United Nations: “Consensus has been Reached”

As with my father, A.E. Asare, one of the greatest honors of my life has been to create a special Kente cloth for the United Nations – as shown in the photographic above. This Kente cloth was completed and presented to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in October 1995. As mentioned … More My Artistic Contribution to the United Nations: “Consensus has been Reached”

Kente Cloth Workshop in Rahway, NJ, Sunday May 5, 2019

Hello Friends, lovers of Africa and the Kente cloth tradition – we are having our next workshop in two weeks in Rahway, New Jersey on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The workshop will be held at the Cultured Expressions Sewing and Quilting Studio at 1417 Main Street, NJ, 07065, from 2 pm to 6 pm. In … More Kente Cloth Workshop in Rahway, NJ, Sunday May 5, 2019

3 Generations of Ashanti: A father-son-grandson Kente weaving legacy

It is with great joy that I share with others this photograph of the Kente cloth my father, A.E. Asare, wove for the United Nations. The name of this piece is “Tikoronkoagyina,” which roughly translates into English as, “One head does not go into council. Two heads are better than one.” I barely even knew … More 3 Generations of Ashanti: A father-son-grandson Kente weaving legacy

Thoughts of a Kente weaver on the unity of African art, culture, design and spirituality

Africa is the source and origin of human life and much of humanity’s history, culture and evolution. Many of the foundations of science, medicine, astronomy, technology and mythology are directly traceable to Ancient Egypt (Kemet), later disseminated to Western civilization through Greece and Rome. Despite the oppression and underdevelopment of colonialism as well as limited access to … More Thoughts of a Kente weaver on the unity of African art, culture, design and spirituality

Laolu Senbanjo’s high energy collaboration with Queen Beyonce in “Lemonade”

Laolu Senbanjo is capturing center stage these days, including a high profile collaboration of his unmistakable body painting style with Beyonce, on her upcoming HBO premier of Lemonade. Senbanjo describes his body painting is part of the sacred art of the Ori; it binds both himself as an artist and the subjects of canvas. “In my language, Yoruba … More Laolu Senbanjo’s high energy collaboration with Queen Beyonce in “Lemonade”

Ghanaian millionaire quits Microsoft to build university that Educates young Africans

Ghana has many rising stars – Patrick Awua is educating a new generation of engineers, programmers and entrepreneurs.   Patrick Awua TED Global talk. This articles is reprinted from Rising Africa At a time when quite a number of Africans queue up at the embassies of foreign countries, with the hope of being granted visas into countries … More Ghanaian millionaire quits Microsoft to build university that Educates young Africans

The Weaver

Artist Joshua Mays describes this beautiful painting as “Advance possibility through advanced perspective.” I was immediately drawn to the painting, of course, because of its title.  It has a feeling and an energy that expresses something of what I experience as a Kente weaver, which ties into the idea of the African Creation myth of … More The Weaver

Kente: Not just any cloth

http://www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/kente-cloth-and-the-history-of-the-ashanti-people.html   By JESSICA ACHBERGER Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation.  The Ashanti Empire or Confederacy, which was located in what is today Ghana, first emerged in West Africa during the seventeenth century.  The Ashanti are members of the Akan people who speak the Akan or Ashanti dialect.  The word … More Kente: Not just any cloth