Kente Cloth Color Meanings Explained
The making and trading of cloth have been vital elements in African culture. The first colorful kente cloth was worn by Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I, a former Ashanti king.
African textiles unspoken language often provides a way of suggesting thoughts and feelings that may not or cannot be expressed in other ways and these cloths regularly move between the kingdoms of the earthly and the revered.
Traditional Kente Cloth was black and white, however, the colors of black, red, gold and green modern kente cloth symbolize:
⚞ Black represents Africa
⚞ Red represents the blood of ancestors
⚞ Gold represents wealth
⚞ Green represents the land
Folklore Origins of Kente Cloth
According to legend, Kurugu and Ameyaw, two brothers from the Bonwire village, went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning…