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Man's Cloth in the Darkoro Yesre ("Certainly One Day You Will Laugh") Pattern (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
Ghanaian (Akan peoples and Asante subgroup)
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Medium
Textile
Created
2000
Dimensions
86 3/4 x 138 1/4 in.
(220.3 x 351.2 cm)

About

Kente, originally worn by Akan royalty, is now available to all Ghanaians who can afford it. Men weave this textile in long thin strips sewn together to form large cloths worn on special occasions. Kente is named for its original patron, a proverb, and/or its patterns, allowing the wearer to subtly send a message to those in his or her presence. This cloth derives its name from the stripes of the warp threads; the adage associated with it, darkoro yesre (“certainly one day you will laugh”), reminds us that although things may seem bad now, they will be better again.

Images

  • Man's Cloth in the Darkoro Yesre ("Certainly One Day You Will Laugh") Pattern by Workshop of Opanyin James Osei Kwaku Antobreh

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Credit

Gift of the NCMA Docents