Happy Thursday Everyone, loving how Ghanaian songstress @mzveegh rocked her kente like a Queen.
Welcome to know your African Prints.
The print of today is one of my favs. The Kente Cloth is probably one of the well known African Prints, the name Kente comes from the Akan language meaning basket. The origins and of Kente is told of two farmers who happen to chance on a spider weaving, fascinated by this, they decided to try it and ended up with a simplified form of today's Kente. The Ashanti Kingdom is where Kente originated in a town called Bonwire, the Kente weaving capital of Ghana. Kente by tradition was only worn by royalty and on very special occasions. There are two types of Kente the print and weaved form, the weaved form is handmade and made of silk and cotton. Most Kente Cloth have names , these names are either names of prestigious persons or proverbs. The colours of Kente also have meanings, eg yellow means Royalty, green : vegetation black: maturation. No matter how you wear your kente either in a dress form or as an accessory remember that Kente is more than just a cloth but it's an iconic visual representation of history, values and culture of African People.