Kente cloth comes in many different designs and shades
No fabric is more associated with Africa than the vibrant colors of
kente cloth. This fabric is instantly identifiable to African culture,
and therefore is a big hit during Black History Month. Native to the
country of Ghana, kente cloth has a strong spiritual value. It is a
royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance in
Africa. Kente is called ‘the cloth of kings’ and over time the use of
kente cloth has become more widespread.
Kente cloth is easily identified by its dazzling, multicolored patterns
of lush colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs. Each color also has a
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 - Mother earth; associated with healing
Pink - Feminine aspects of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
Purple - 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, and fertility African legend has it that kente was first made by two friends who went hunting in a forest and found a spider making its web. The friends watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen. You can find a huge selection of kente fabrics on the Africa Imports web site or by visiting our Kente Cloth Page.
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
Sojourner Truth Sojourner was the first female black abolitionist. Sojourner Truth's fight for the abolition of slavery, women's rights, and her attempt to help former slaves, has made her a legend in American history. Despite the scars of slavery and the inability to read, she was able to become a respected and influential public speaker and advocate for the oppressed. Born in New York, Sojourner was sold several times before escaping to freedom with an infant daughter in 1827. She worked as a housekeeper, lived in a religious commune, and eventually became a traveling speaker and preacher. She was a spirited evangelist who spoke out for women's rights and against slavery. Her memoir The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (as told to author Olive Gilbert) was published in 1850 and helped establish her in the public mind. The next year, at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio, she gave her famous speech, "Ain't I A Woman," a short but stirring challenge to the notion that men were superior to women. During the Civil War she worked to support black Union soldiers, and after the war she continued to travel and preach on spiritual topics and as an advocate for the rights of blacks and women. Check out a huge selection of affordable African products by clicking on the links below!