KENTE CLOTH INSPIRATION ( OUR TRIBUTE TO GHANA)

So as many of you may know at Styles- Afrik we love to use Kente Print in alot of our designs. So we thought today we would share with you the history behind the Kente Cloth and what each colour on a Kente Cloth represents.

So here is some history……

Kente cloth, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente is made in Akan lands such as Ashanti Kingdom, (Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Region) and by Akans in Ivory Coast. It is also worn by many other groups who have been influenced by Akans. It is the best known of all African textiles.

 It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of Kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans.

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
  • grey—healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
  • 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; associated with the moon
  • white—purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
  • yellow—preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty

Legend

Legend has it that Kente was first made by two Akan friends who went hunting in an the Asanteman forest found a spider making its web. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen.

Styles Afrik Kente Designs

So to honour the 2 hunters here are some of the designs we have put together

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From @StylesAfrik Goody Bags To Dressing Household Celebrities @GUBAAwardsUK 2012!

It has been a very long week for the StylesAfrik team. We had the pleasure of designing goody bags and providing fabulous goodies for guests at this years GUBA Awards 2012! 

From T-Shirts by Cross Culture, to cuff links by JM Prempeh, Shea butter by Rococo Chichi, Earrings by Traballery, Sunglasses by Colin Leslie, Oyster card holders and business cards were provided by Open The Gate and Uzovn Couture, right trough to chocolate and cup-cake treats by CokerCupCakes.

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we provided a range of GOODIES sure to WOW each guest!

Here is a sneak peak of mayhem caused to a secret StylesAfrik location several nights before! 

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Nobody said it would be easy, but it sure was WORTH IT!

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Check out our GUBA & STYLES AFRIK Motif! No goody bags were injured during this operation, Lol!!

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Just one of many fabulous items found within our amazing StylesAfrik goody bags.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG STYLES AFRIK THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DESIGNERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR GOODY BAGS DEBUT @ GUBA AWARDS 2012!

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Our bags were found closely beside all the stylish guests on the night!

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Our StylesAfrik Co-Founder Stephanie was present on the night and delightfully bumped into GUBA Best Fusion Fashion Designer, Anita Quansah! 

Stephanie is wearing Jessique deigns

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Record breaking Olympic Finalist Jeanette Kwakye poses beside Stephanie with her StylesAfrik Goody Bag in-tow! 

Both of these lovely designs can be purchased from our online boutique http://www.stylesafrik.com

Be sure to purchase your christmas show stopping outfits my visiting our online store!

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ITV News presenter Charlene White, looked stunning in her couture Jessique Design! Visit http://www.styleafrik.com to select your award winning outfit!