What is Kente? Kente is a cloth or fabric local to Ghana and nearby West African countries. Legend has it that Kente Cloth was inspired by the weaving patterns of a spider as it weaves it’s web. (the spider is a famous figure in Ghanaian mythology and is referred to as Kwaku Ananse). Kente cloth is known locally as “nwentoma”. It can be made from various kinds of threads such as rayon, however it is best known to be made from silk. It is not just the kente cloth colors that make kente special, but the way the fabric is woven. Kente Cloth can come in many colors or just one solid color. If it is woven in the traditional manner then it is still referred to as Kente. If it is not woven but is kente inspired (like these kente cloth folding hand fans) then it is referred to as kente print.