Kente paper weaving
grade 2, fiber arts, curriculum connection: social studies by Instructional Services Dept, Fairfax County Public Schools

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=== Key Elements ===

Category: Weaving
Concept: Visual Awareness
Components: Color, Pattern
Objectives:
Recognize Kente cloth as an African ceremonial cloth, hand woven in strips on a loom.
Define pattern as lines, colors, and shapes that repeat or alternate.
Make a paper weaving using a Kente cloth design.

=== Materials/Resources ===

rulers or 2" cardboard strips
scissors
glue sticks
12" x 18" construction paper (variety of colors)
2" strips of colored construction or fadeless paper
1/2" strips of colored construction or fadeless paper
strip of Kente cloth (optional)
Kente reproductions and/or posters
Video: Kente Cloth Weaving Demonstration
Ofori-Ansa, Kwaku (1993) Poster: Kente Is More Than A Cloth
Meyer, Louise (1998). How Children Learn to Weave.

=== Evaluation Criteria ===

Students will:
identify Kente as African ceremonial cloth.
describe where and when Kente is worn and by whom.
describe how.Kente cloth is made.
create a paper weaving with a Kente cloth design which includes:
- symbolic colors.
- pattern created by repeating and altemating lines and colors.
- a cut paper stylized symbol of personal or class identification.

=== Terminology ===

Kente
pattern
warp
weft
loom
strip
weaving
symbol
stylized


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