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Kente Cloth Design Task

Background: Kente cloth originated with the Ashanti, a major ethnic group in Ghana, in the 12th century. Legend has it that Kente was first made by two friends who went hunting in a forest and found a spider making a web. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and began their own weavings. Kente is a royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance; the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of Kente became more widespread; however, it continues to be important and held in high esteem throughout Ghana. Kente is the best known of all African textiles and is identified by its dazzling, multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs.

The colors used in Kente cloth have the following symbolic meanings:

• black -- maturation, intensified spiritual energy

• blue -- peacefulness, harmony and love

• green -- vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal

• gold -- royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity

• grey -- healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash

• maroon -- the color of mother earth; associated with healing

• pink -- assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red

• purple -- assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women

• red -- political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites

• silver -- serenity, purity, joy; assoc. with the moon

• white -- purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions

• yellow -- preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility

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For this task, you will use both your first and last names in your design. To build the design you will use the coding system below:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10




Follow the example to code both your first and last names:

I R Write your first name vertically

R E and end the first column with

E N the first letter of your first

N E name. The second column

E I continues your first until the

I R columns are the same length.

I R ( (8,6) Use the code above to form J O ( (9,3)

R E ( (6,4) ordered pairs that represent O V ( (3,10)

E N ( (4,2) your first name. V E ( (10,4)

N E ( (2,4) Use the same method to write, E L ( (4,0)

E I ( (4,8) code, and form the ordered pairs L L ( (0,0)

I R ( (8,6) that represent your last name. L J ( (0,9)

J O ( (9,3)

Now create the design…

• Using graph paper, plot all the ordered pairs in order, first name

then last name. Connect the points with line segments as you go.

• Reflect all the points and segments across the y-axis into quadrant II.

• Reflect all the points and segments across the x-axis into quadrant IV.

• Now, reflect all the points in quadrant IV across the y-axis to quadrant III.

• Color your design to reflect your personality using the Kente cloth symbolic meanings of the colors as your guide.

• On a separate sheet of paper, write ALL the ordered pairs used in your design (see name example) by category. Categories: 1.) Pre-Image or Original Coordinates/Quadrant I, 2.) Reflection Across Y-Axis Coordinates/Quadrant II, 3.) Reflection Across X-Axis Coordinates/Quadrant IV. 4.) Reflection from Quadrant IV to Quadrant III across the Y-Axis Coordinates.

• Attach this sheet to your completed project and make sure your name is on all work.

Grading Rubric

|Task Requirements |Points Available |Points Earned |

|Kente Cloth Design Task sheet attached to completed task and name on all work. |2 | |

|Ordered pairs used in design organized into given categories on separate sheet. |10 | |

|Pre-image/original design graphed correctly in quadrant I. |7 | |

|Reflection across y-axis graphed correctly in quadrant II. |7 | |

|Reflection across x-axis graphed correctly in quadrant IV. |7 | |

|Reflection from quadrant IV to quadrant III across the y-axis graphed correctly in quadrant III.|7 | |

|Design is colored creatively expressing personality and enhancing the reflections. |10 | |

|Total |50 | |

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