2001.52.1

2001
4 in WIDE
(10.16 cm WIDE)
Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Museum purchase
2001.52.1


Black Kente scarf with green, yellow, red and white stripes. Repeating design of stripes alternating with yellow abstract motif on black background. On both ends is a red and yellow supplementary weft design. Just above the design are the words: "Class of 2001". There is short black fringe at the ends. Kente scarves are frequently worn in the United States at high school and/or college/university commencement ceremonies to show pride in African heritage. The colors black, red, yellow, and green often used in the making of kente stripes relate to Pan-Africanism. Kente cloth itself serves as a symbol of Africa, Pan-Africanism, and cultural pride.

Used: African American | Graduation

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