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Production of kente cloth, a type of stripweave, on a narrow double heddle loom.
An Ewe stripweave from Ghana.

Stripweave is a textile technique in which large numbers of thin strips of cloth are sewn together to produce a finished fabric. Most stripweave is produced in West Africa from handwoven fabric, of which the example best known internationally is the kente cloth of Ghana.[1]

The earliest evidence of this traditional technique dates to the eleventh century among the Tellem people of Mali.[2]


Cotton, silk, and rayon are the usual fibers for stripweave garment production.[1] Traditionally these were hand spun, although machine spun synthetics are coming into increasing use.[2] Wool is also in use for stripweave blankets by the Fulani people in Mali.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c John Gillow and Bryan Sentance (1999). World Textiles: A Visual Guide to Traditional Techniques. Thames & Hudson. p. 92.
  2. ^ a b c John Gillow (2003). African Textiles. Chronicle Books. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-8118-4166-5. Retrieved 2009-02-14.