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Master Weaver Will Hold Kente Cloth Exhibit at Virginia Union

11/4/2013

Master Weaver Will Hold Kente Cloth Exhibit at Virginia Union

 
(Richmond, VA) - Master Weaver Kwasi Asare will present two workshops on kente weaving in the Wilder Library Lecture Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University on November 12, 2013. Following the private workshops, he will hold a public kente cloth exhibit and sale beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Commonwealth chapter of The Links, Inc. will sponsor the first private workshop for students from Richmond’s Woodville Elementary School. They will learn how to operate a miniature loom and create bookmarks out of kente cloth. The students will learn to use basic addition in order to get the desired color schemes. The second workshop will be held for selected Virginia Union University students.

Asare grew up in Ghana where kente weaving is a cultural tradition. He operates Dento Mills, a weaving center founded by his father. In 1962, his father created Ghana’s royal kente cloth which adorned the United Nations Headquarters building. In 1995, Asare was commissioned to create a new royal kente to replace the one designed by his father. Asare is internationally known for his exquisite kente creations. He conducts workshops in hopes that the audiences will gain a greater appreciation for kente weaving and help to keep its cultural history alive.

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