09. 10. 2012.

Kente Cloth And A Portrait Of A Young Woman, Ivory Coast

A great surprise in my mailbox this week, two splendid cards from Ivory Coast! Not a complete surprise as it is an arranged swap, but I didnt know what kind of cards I'd receive and how long it would take them to arrive - and to be honest, if they'd arrive at all..! Not a reflection on my wonderful swap-partner, mind you; I just have a history of cards never arriving from non-European countries...
Anyways! 1st card shows the weaving of Kente cloth, or nwentoma, a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips, native to the Akan People (an ethnic group of West Africa predominantly in Ghana and Ivory Coast). It is a royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings; over time, the use of kente became more widespread.
The 2nd card is a portrait of a gorgeous young woman - how can one not like the smile so bright and sincere? Thank you so much Natalia! :)))

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