The explorer Ibn Battuta does mention the presence of weavers in the Mali empire, and in Timbuktu, in the Kente cloth " data-medium-file="https://africanlegends.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/kente.png? w=220" data-large-file="https://africanlegends.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/kente.png? It is said that the British explorers were amazed by the beauty of the Ashanti king’s attire.Cameroon has a long history of cloth made from the bark of trees, with some fabric particularly made from the obom.These indigenous traditions were combined with influences from Greece, Rome and the Byzantine Empire.To a lesser extent, stylistic influences from Persia, Syria and the Levant were also featured.As such, they improved the textile traditions of vanquished pre-Incan cultures.While the Incas will always be most famous for their architectural achievements, their ceramics and textiles were also exquisite.
The fact that the origins of these desirable pieces are obscured by time makes them even more alluring and collectible.
Dating from around 600 BC, these textiles were used to envelop mummies in layer after layer of ornate, finely woven cloth.