As part of their ‘Our World and Beyond’ topic, Year 6 have been learning about Kente cloth. Native to Ghana, Kente is a type of silk or cotton fabric made of interwoven strips of material. Designed using bright, vibrant colours, it is worn by men (in a similar way to a toga) and women (as a dress or skirt) during special occasions. The colours and patterns all have different symbolic meanings so they are carefully selected depending on the event which it will be worn at.
Year 6 have been designing their own Kente patterns, using strips of paper instead of fabric. They began by choosing 4 or 5 colours, which they weaved together to make a rectangle. They then added repeating patterns using black pen, and some added their own fringes or finishing touches. I think you’ll agree, they look really effective!