Make Your Own Kente Cloth
Kente is ceremonial African clothing created by hand weaving strips of cloth on a loom and sewing them together to create larger pieces of cloth. It is native to Ghana but is a pan-African tradition as well. Your child can make her own brightly patterned kente cloth out of paper and colorful markers. She will use fine motor skills to draw geometric shapes as well as color, cut and paste strips of “cloth” together onto a piece of poster board for easy displaying. This art activity is a great for your child to explore different cultures and celebrate African heritage in honor of Black History Month.
What You Need:
- White paper
- Samples of kente cloth from the Internet or local library
- Piece of poster board, 13” x 12”
- Craft glue