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Hausa leather Shoulder Bag
– Handcrafted pure leather West African tooled bag,
crafted using skills that have been handed down through generations.
30 cm Height
9 cm Depth
25 cm Wide
(Excluding adjustable shoulder strap)
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Stunning genuine fashion accessory with African Kente Cloth
The Hausa are especially known for their weaving skills and leather crafts.
They are a diverse but culturally homogeneous people based primarily in the Sahelian
and the sparse savanna areas of southern Niger and northern Nigeria respectively,
numbering over 70 million people with significant indigenized populations in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory
Coast, Chad, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Togo, Ghana, Eritrea, Equatorial
Guinea, Gabon, Senegal and the Gambia.
Kente cloth originates from West Africa (commonly known as ‘ankara’, in West Africa and ‘kitenge’ in East Africa)
Kente is no ordinary cloth and is easily recognisable worldwide.
The method of producing kente, called strip weaving, has existed in West Africa since the 11th century.
In 1697, the King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Osei Tutu, selected several weavers from nearby towns and villages to travel to neighbouring Ivory Coast to become experts in the complex art form.
Once they returned to Ghana, they started to weave the beautiful and colourful cloth exclusively for the King because kente was originally made and worn only by the royals.
The weavers started to create their own unique designs, which are now well known worldwide as ‘Ashanti kente’.
The Ewe is another ethnic group who also weave kente in Ghana.
Today, the Ashanti royals still wear the sacred cloth usually draped across the shoulders,
including traditional black and white designs, for prestigious occasions including:
ceremonies, worship, outings, marriages and funerals.
Today, the cloth can be purchased and worn by local people and kente outfits are
very popular to wear at weddings and special occasions.
Akans, from the Ashanti kingdom, traditionally wear clothes made from kente cloth.
It is a source of pride for many Ghanaians and the Diaspora.
Original kente is a status symbol of wealth and identity as it is a luxurious and expensive fabric.
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