Mkeka Mats

Mkeka Mats

You'll Need

12"x18" black construction paper,12" x18" green and red construction paper cut into 1 1/2" x 12" strips (10 in all),paper cutter,scissors
The mkeka is a mat, usually made of straw, displayed on the family's table at Kwaanza time. This project is a paper weaving. To prepare the background mat for weaving, fold the paper in half. Next, using a paper cutter, make long, vertical slits starting at the fold of the paper and ending at least one inch from the edge of the paper to prevent tearing. (Make slits about 1 1/2 inches apart leaving one inch from the top and bottom) Weave in an over-under pattern, alternating the two colored strips. Secure each strip with glue. When weaving is complete, fringe the sides.
 
 
 
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