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All things Kente

Tull class have been looking at the designs and techniques used in Kente cloths. 

This term, Tull class have been looking at the designs and techniques used in Kente cloths. Kente refers to a Ghanaian textile made of hand-woven strips of silk and cotton. It is an iconic visual representation of the historic values of West Africa. These patterns and designs are made for dresses and clothing for special occasions.

Our significant artist focus for this topic is Gilbert Ahiagble. Gilbert was a master weaver who was well known for his making of traditional Kente designs and patterns and having stories behind each piece.

Our Curriculum vision for Art is:

Be creative. Be proficient. Be reflective.

Pupils had a chance to be creative in making their own Kente-inspired designs using the tie-dye method to create colour and pattern. We cut pieces of fabric into small squares and put elastic bands over them tightly, which stops the paint from mixing onto other parts of the fabric. After painting each section, we left it to dry. Once dried, amazing patterns were revealed. Pupils also had a go at using the 'weft and warp' weaving technique to create patterns using paper. This technique is when material is threaded under and over a loom.

Tull were super impressed with their outcomes and have been reflective throughout. They have been thoroughly enjoying this unit and some pupils also bought in their own Kente cloths and clothes from home!

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