MR. KWASI ASARE is a Master Weaver of exciting and exquisite kente cloth, one of the great cultural traditions of Ghana. He was born on March 3, 1963 in a village called Apirede in Akwapim,
Beginner Kente weaving
This is a beginner course to the art of Kente weaving using a miniature loom.
Traditionally, Kente is hand-woven on a bigger loom by the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana. The unique feature of Kente cloth is its dazzling, multi-coloured patterns of bright cheerful colors, geometric shapes and bold designs.
After this course, you'll be able to make a beautiful kente bookmark and also be a proud owner of African (Ghanaian) culture.
More About Kwasi Asare
is a Master Weaver of exciting and exquisite kente
of the great cultural traditions of Ghana. He was born on March 3,
1963 in a village called Apirede in Akwapim, about 11 miles from
Ghana’s capital, Accra. His late father, A.E. Asare, owned Dento
Mills, a kente
weaving centre in Nsawam during the 1950’s. The late President of
Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, turned to the elder Asare when he
wanted to present Ghana’s royal kente
cloth to adorn the Headquarters building of the United Nations in New
York in October 1962. On the occasion of the 50th
Anniversary of the UN in October, 1995, Kwasi Asare created the new
design of the kente cloth called Adwene Asa which means “consensus
has been reached” that currently hangs there, replacing the one was
created by his father over 35 years ago.
Asare is carrying on his father’s tradition. Although he lost him
at the tender age of two years, he was playing with the shuttles in
the loom at age five. With the help of his father’s assistant,
Opanyin Kwame Dappah, he became thoroughly acquainted with the
traditional loom and by age twelve, he was weaving some of the most
intricate designs bringing in innovative and unique color schemes.
In between formal schooling, he made time for his loom and even
started creating some of his own designs. By age 25 he had revived
his father’s dwindling weaving center and today employs ten full
time weavers with a few apprentices undergoing training.
Asare has held exhibitions around Ghana and has traveled often to
other countries. Among his most recent was a series of demonstrations
on the traditional loom and small looms he created at the Auburn
Museum in Alabama, Tuskegee University, Bowie University, and schools
and organizations in the surrounding area. On the occasion of Ghana’s
Anniversary celebrations he was invited to demonstrate this skillful
art as well as lead a workshop at the Boricua College in New York.
During the same period, he traveled to Washington DC, sharing his
craft with schools, community groups, and organizations in the area.
He has had the opportunity also to work with some Navajo weavers and
as such compare both weaving traditions. He designed a small hand
loom and is co-authoring a book for children and is able to engage
and encourage them in the craft of weaving.
MILLS is the
name given to the weaving enterprise by his late father and this name
has been maintained. In the Akwapim dialect, it simply means “Grow
and Come and Meet.”
It is envisaged that Dento Mills will be expanded and located in a
more rural community in Aburi in the Akwapim Mountains. This location
in the beautiful Aburi Gardens, a distinctive place for tourists to
Ghana to visit, will allow more people to become aware and
appreciative their rich weaving tradition. One important objective
is to train as many people as are interested in this craft and
possibly create employment opportunities. The weaving village in
Aburi served as a major tourist attraction when Ghana hosted the 2008
Cup of Nations. Programs have also been developed for school and tour
the weaving school there will be a Gallery where frequent exhibitions
of kente and kente products will be held. The weaving school will
hold frequent workshops in kente weaving and there will be a summer
weaving school every year at a particular time to enable people to
plan to participate and develop their weaving skills. Women
particularly will be encouraged to weave since they have been
deprived for so long because of traditional beliefs and taboos.
Asare welcomes opportunities to share the Ashanti kente weaving
tradition to international audiences. Through demonstrations,
exhibitions, interactive workshops, and hands-on weaving on the
traditional and small hand looms, adults and children alike will gain
a greater appreciation for and help to keep alive this rich cultural
from his passion for weaving and training as a community facilitator,
Mr. Asare is also a Mathematician and Teacher and holds a Bachelors’
of Science w/Honors degree in Mathematics from the University of
Hertfordshire in England.