I thought about doing it myself a number of years ago after learning that a woman had managed to patent a certain tartan design, but alas my youthful laziness meant I never got round to it.
|imagine this in black|
That is to say, if the kente is one of Ghana's USPs and South Africa trade in it without paying royalties, then what need does a tourist have to go to Ghana to buy a kente inspired piece like the one on the side, if they can make South Africa their one-stop-shop for all things African.
So when ambassadors suggest the swift patent of kente, I think, why has no one (in government) thought about this before and how long will it take them to do it?
Until then, get your kente inspired goods while they're still cheap.