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It had been some time that I had been wanting to see how the magnificent Kente of Ghana were made.
In March of 2001 my partner Luciano Ghersi, artist and weaver, began a philosophical-anthropological research on African weaving. While observing the Ewe population’s weaving, more varied and less studied than the Ashanti weaving, he visited Klikor, a village situated near Agbozume. In this area the most important weaving market is held.
On returning, amongst Luciano’s notes and tools was a box containing over 100 fragments of fabric, representing the basis of what has become the Afevo (domestic fabrics) collection. These fabrics destined for domestic consumerism, are produced using high-quality material and traditional patterns.

All the fragments are now part of the collection of the mueum of the Blakhud Research Centre, in Klikor, Ghana, but they are also visible on the web

tessuto kpevi Naturally, I began to observe these fabrics through a Western perspective.
My background being somewhat academic: a diploma in textile decoration from the Florence Art Institution, summer seminars, various refresher courses and over ten years of teaching experience, not to mention being born in Florence, Italy, a city of such extraordinary brillance with its immence layers of history, art and culture.
At the Lisio Foundation of Florence, an institution founded to preserve, maintain and study the techniques and culture of Renaissance textiles, I teach pattern weaving, an analysis of fabric samples that involves the study and categorizing of antique fabrics.

So of course, armed with a curved needle and pen and paper to take notes, I began to try and understand how these fabrics were produced and how to reproduce them. Yet, a trip to Africa seemed essential to fully understand how these fabrics were woven.

textile fragment from the Afevo collection
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