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Saturday, March 28, 2015

African Fashion | Kente Cloth

Hello Divas & Gents,

I recently posted a photo on my Facebook page and Instagram which got so much love. I decided to do a more in-depth post on it so that my readers/viewers would be in tune with a taste of African fashion. Ghana recently celebrated their 58th Independence Day on the 6th of March, and I attended a local celebration here in Houston. In case you don't know, my mom is Ghanaian and my dad is Nigerian and almost all of my family lives overseas, most in London, England (UK). I have such a diverse family with so much rich background and culture! I have always been pretty private about it, but figured I'd start to share since so many show so much interest.

Kente cloth, also known as "woven cloth", is a traditional cloth local to Ghana, which was worn by royalty. It is hand woven and comes in variety of patterns, colors, and designs which mean different things. It is truly a beautiful sight to see. I wish I could insert pictures of all the various types I had seen that night, but I didn't get a chance to ask for permission. 

Here are what some of the colors mean (as quoted in Wikipedia):
Meanings of the colors in Kente cloth:[3]
  • 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
  • grey—healing and cleansing rituals;
  • maroon—the color of mother earth; associated with healing
  • pink—assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
  • purple—assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
  • red—political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.
  • silver—serenity, purity, joy; assoc. with the moon
  • white—purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
  • yellow—preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty
Here is what I wore. I wasn't able to make it to my uncle's wedding in London this past July but all the women in the bridal party had on different styles of this particular type of Kente. I was happy that I was able to wear my custom made attire for this event. Let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy!

Gold Bow Necklace - Gifted
Kente Blouse and Skirt - Custom Made for Me from Africa
Gold Glittery High Heel Pumps - Payless
Smart Watch - Samsung Gear Fit
Gold Bangles - Ashley Stewart

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