I acquired a couple of strips of Kente from Jeffrey’s Mum (Ma Mary to me, Auntie Mary to you) to make a strap for a second hand watch for Jeffrey for Christmas. This small project meant I had rather a large amount of kente left over.
But what is Kente? I hear you say.
Kente plays a big part in Ghanaian life, having been made for years by the Akan and notably the Ashanti people of Ghana. It is made from wovan cotton or silk and was the cloth of kings, but has become more popular and Ma Mary and various Aunties will often be seen sporting a strip of Kente in church, and brides and grooms tend to wear clothing made from Kente for their traditional wedding.
However, Jeffrey and I weren’t having a traditional wedding and we weren’t planning on wearing any Kente so I thought I would incorporate two strips of Kente into a welcome sign, in Twi of course. So I set my husband-to-be the task of cutting out some letters for me to use as stencils for cutting out Broderie Anglaise (for an English touch). I then sewed these letters on to the Kente.
Et voilà. A lovely Ghanaian welcome sign for the marquee, which will also be used as a welcome sign to important events in the Hostick-Boakye household for years to come.