The History Of Kente And How It Evolved Into A Fashion Item
Kente is a fabric known as “Nwentoma” (meaning woven cloth) among the Akan people of Ghana. It is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips made and native to the Akan ethnic group of Ghana.
Kente comes from the word “Kenten“, which means basket in the Asante dialect of Akan. People only wear this Akan royal and sacred cloth in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings and nobility.
Kente cloth dates back to 375 years, conceived in a village called Bonwire. According to legend, Kurugu and Ameyaw, two brothers from the village, went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning a web.
In Akan culture, the different colours and intricate patterns used in the weaving do have traditional meanings.
Symbolic meanings of the colours in Kente cloth:
- Black – maturation, intensified spiritual energy.
- Blue – peacefulness, harmony and love.
- Green – vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal.
- Gold – royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity.
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Over time, the use of Kente became more widespread. It later found its way into bags, shoes and scarves sold around the globe nowadays.
In modern-day, Kente is a fashion item that people are embracing. Now, intending couples even use it for their prewedding shoots. Also, we often see Kente worn at traditional weddings in Ghana.
For the fashionistas, Kente bumper jackets and T-shirts can take your slay game to another level.
For the slay queens that love to attend Owambes looking you need a Kente gown to stand out at events.
So if you are looking for a new way to slay, why not go the Kente way and tell the world how fashionable you are.
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