The Ashanti tribe of the Akan are the largest tribe in Ghana and one of the few matrilineal societies in West Africa.Once renown for for the splendor and wealth of their rulers, they are most famous today for their craft work, particularly their hand-carved stools and facility dolls and their colorful Kente cloths. Kente is the woven in bright, narrow strips with complex patterns; it is ususally made from cotton and is always woven outdoors, exclusively by men.
The Village is a social as well as an economic unit.Every one participates in the major ceremonies,the most frequent of which are funerals celebration which typically last several days. Attendance at funerals is normally expected from every one in the village and expenditure on funerals is a substantial part of the household bodies.
The Ashanti's are noted for their expertise in a variety of specialized craft.These include weaving, wood carving, ceramics and metallurgy. Of these crafts only pottery-making is primarily
a female activity: The others restricted to male specialists.
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