kente

This pattern project is inspired by kente cloth, a traditional silk or cotton textile of Asante and Ewe people from Ghana. Striped pieces handwoven on a horizontal strip loom and then sewn together into a big piece of textile, kente is symbolising status and is traditionally worn wrapped around the body by Ghanian royalty. 

 

Inspiration from kente tradition and other similar art & design aesthetics was further developed into a pattern collection.

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design inspiration

The main inspiration for the design development was the minimalism of simple geometric shapes (lines, squares, rectangles) and the playfulness of color and their combinations. 

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Gunta Stölzl

Marimekko

Otti Berger

Ophelia Pang

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kente surface pattern collection

I have used potatoes to carve into blocks and stamps of different shapes and used watercolors to print with on paper.

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These three original block printed patterns were then scanned and edited in photoshop to create variation of patterns in different scales and placements.

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application

Visualisation of the kente collection on a body. Flowy and oversized yet feminine silhouettes compliment the varying scale of the surface patterns.

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