Kente & Silk
Kente, the traditional cloth worn by the Royal household of the Ashanti Kingdom, is symbolic of the wealth, rich tradition and culture of the Ghanaian people and by extension Africa. Silk, with its historical trading routes and economic importance, gave China strong trade, historical and cultural ties with the rest of the world. These two items are thus individually imbued with great historical relevance and symbolism to Africa and China; combined they are representative of the links between the two. As a social enterprise, Kente & Silk, aims to change the status quo of Africa-China relations by increasing African agency and strategic engagement within the relationship, and promoting greater cultural connections.
Kente and Silk is thus proud to be the main organizers of “Africa Week – the Beijing Edition”. Africa Week is a series of events and activities held across Beijing annually in May to mark the A.U.’s Africa day, celebrate and promote African culture and showcase the dynamism of the African community in China. All funds raised during the week go towards a promising African start-up.