Kente cloth is one of the most famous native of Ghana. The origins of the craft is shared by the Asante ethnic society in the southern part of the Ashanti Region and the Ewe ethnic society Volta region of Ghana. The time between discovering the art of weaving and plans two groups simultaneously. While the Asantes believe that they have learned the craft of natural grass which locks the ewes claim to have learned the craft of red and black striped cobra that totem. Whatever the case, there are interesting patterns and colors of the native cloth interesting symbolic meaning that reveals the values, norms and beliefs of ethnic cultures. It is essential that the wearers of the famous rag know what the designs and styles that they have to get the right occasions.
Asante Kente designs and names
There are basically five kente weaving pattern, which is derived from a variety of complex and varied patterns. These Adwin, Akyem, or Ahwepan Hweepan, Nkyeretire or Nkyereano and Faprenu.
• The Adwin anointed knitting pattern design sketch which is very nice. It should be noted in the intricate designs from the name Adwin (skills). It requires great skill and dexterity for the weaver to be able to come out with this bond drawing.
• The Akyem smeared sample should be noted on the color of nature. Named after a local bird feathers of different colors called the Asantes Akyem in Ghana. Because of the diversity of colors, but it is expensive and the wearing of the rich in society.
• The Ahwepan or Hweepan kente design pattern is not it hence the name & # 39; Hwee & # 39; Under & # 39; anything & # 39;. This is the simplest of all weave patterns. No wonder the woven amateurs and new students.
• The Nkyeretire Nkyereano kente patterns or designs on the sides only (& # 39; tire & # 39; or & # 39; & # 39 ano;) the center of the woven cloth is not planning to dress.
• The two samples per Faprenu or double (prenu) sheets of woven warp with a weft cover. Very compact, strong and durable. It is therefore represented an important personality of the indigenous Ghanaian society.
• Kyeretwie (kyere- capture, twie- leopard). This anointed bond drawing: a & # 39; s, to be able to live leopard. Due to the fact that this is a very arduous task, as such, it is characterized as associated with strength, courage and up. Bearer was considered as such. Therefore, this was characterized as reserved and limited to the big bosses.
• Adwinasa (Adwin- skills, Asa-weary). This kente kente weaver bond drawing is lived or applied skills and design to be able to weaving the cloth and have exhausted them all. This is a very complex drawings bond which is very expensive. It is therefore important personalities and leaders wear kente this pattern.
• Obo wood, wood Dade (partly stone, partly of metal). This bond anointed drawing worn funeral. This is reminiscent of the members of the bereaved families and sympathizers to the death of the man (or obo- dust), we must endure the loss of a loved one strong internal force (dade- than metal).
Asante Kente designs and names
• Ehianaga (Ehiana need money Ga). This means that money is needed in the Ewe language. This type of ewes in a beautiful kente weaving. The name implies that in order to buy the kente cloth requires a great deal of money. He represented the rich and famous in society.
• Lorlofukpekpe (lorlor- love, suffering has become fukpekpe-). This bond anointed drawing serves as a reminder to the wearer and onlookers that one & # 39; s expectations are not always met, and to reach a disappointment or heartbreak from those he loves, as partners, friends and relatives.
• Afiadeke Mefa o (Afiadeke- Nowhere Mefa- cold). It literally means to as the & # 39; Nowhere cool & # 39;. She advises that it does not aspire to be, what else is there and complain bitterly condition. It reminds us that the content or obvious who we are, what we have and the conditions that we find ourselves.
• Fiawo Yome (King Fiawo- Yome- second or next). That means the anointed bond drawing & # 39; a royal kings or second next to & # 39;. This is a very nice and expensive bond drawing. It represented an important person in society.
The symbolism of Kente patterns, which are discussed between the two ethnic cultures in terms of major and very popular designs of native cloth. However, there are a variety of other fascinating designs symbolic interpretations. Introduction of these symbolic connotations cloth itself deeper understanding of the culture of this vibrant ethnic societies in Ghana.