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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