What do Kente designs mean? - Textiles in Ghana (6/16)

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The kentehene, the chief of Bonwire weavers,
is the official guardian of the history and meaning of kente.
This particular one...
is proverbial.
There is a fourth one that I've yet to mention.
Proverbial one - this is called one man does not govern.
Two heads are better than one.
It takes more people to go in to counsel.
They are effectively the same,
and some folk simply call it Fatia
because this design was given in honour
to the wife of the president of Ghana.
So, a lot of people call this one Fatia.
But it has got all the other names.
That two heads are better than one,
one man does not go into counsel, and so forth.
People call it in the name of democracy. That's what it is.
The various patterns in the design also have names.
For example, you see there are nine squares here,
We call nine tufts of hair.
When the chief goes in the durbah,
there are young girls, they ride in front of the king.
And they have special head design
and this is called nine heads are better than one -
sometimes used for the council of elders.
This is an ... You swerve this way.
You look at it - you go that way and go that way.
Osei Antobre is a leading master weaver and shopkeeper in Bonwire.
Master weavers are continually making new designs and naming them -
sometimes to commemorate personal events.
This is a ...
The name was given by me.
I was having a boy who was a doctor,
and he die all of a sudden.
That means I've pinned a lot on the boy but nothing came from it.
What does that motif mean?
This is a stool.
Why did that represent the boy?
Maybe he was come to make a chief, to be a chief,
but a death came to take it, to take him away.