Get to know a bit more about kente cloth

Kente cloth, known locally as nwentoma, is a type of silk fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the country of Ghana.  It is an icon of African cultural heritage around the world and is identified by its dazzling multicoloured patterns of bright colours, geometric shapes and bold designs.  It is used for its symbolic significance and each cloth has a name and a meaning.  Each pattern has a name and a meaning.  Names and meanings are derived from historical events, individual achievements, proverbs, philosophical concepts, oral literature, moral values, social code of conduct, human behaviour and certain attributes of plant and animal life.  (Sources: wikipedia and

Symbolic meanings of kente cloth colours

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 colour of mother earth; associated with healing

pink — associated with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red

purple — associated 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


~ by kentetwist on August 31, 2009.

3 Responses to “Get to know a bit more about kente cloth”

  1. bad poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not really good info


  3. there must be a kente festival once in a year

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