Happy new month! What does a new month mean to you? For me and the blog, a new month means fresh ideas, new adventures and meeting new people. In the spirit of newness, I have decided to start a series. I feel like aside feeding my readers with DIYs and style posts, we can use this medium to share ideas and learn from each other for a change.
This series is called GHANA TO THE WORLD. Growing up in Ghana involved a lot of things, one of them being, hearing stories about a smart and mischievous spider, Kwaku Ananse and his (not so regular) family. These stories were hilarious and they taught very good life lessons. Now, kids barely know the ‘guy’. Yes, the world is evolving, there are so many ways to impart knowledge. But stories like that educate us about our heritage and shouldn’t be ruled out completely. I have decided to learn as much as I can about the Ghanaian culture and share my findings with you. I’m really excited about the things I’ll find. Oh, I can already anticipate the expression on my children’s faces when I tell them about a spider that collected all the knowledge in the world and stuffed it into a pot. Haha!
How do I intend to learn more about Ghana? Well, one item at a time. For the first episode, I chose to talk about the kente cloth. The kente cloth is a colorful Ghanaian fabric which is woven on ancient hand looms. Kente weaving was started by two hunters, Ameyaw and Kuragu who took weaving ‘lessons’ from a spider who was working on his web. They then went home and tried to imitate what they saw hence the birth of kente. (I told you we have stories!). Kente was originally called k3nt3n (pronounced ken-ten) which means basket in the local dialect due to the nature of the cloth. The different types of kente have different names and every type has a different story. The colors in kente represent different virtues and philosophical concepts. For example; yellow for glory, blue for wisdom, red for spirituality and green for growth. Kente is a very important fabric in Ghanaian culture and its mostly worn on important occasions.
So, next time you decide to put on kente, consider all the beautiful colors and what ‘message’ you want to convey to whoever cares to watch, they say ‘your clothes are a reflection of your personality’. On that note, I decided to use a piece of kente as a headwrap something I can incorporate into my everyday look. Waiting for a ‘special’ occasion feels like forever for some of us.
Tutorial on my earrings can be found here.
I hope you enjoyed this rather educative post. There will be more on this series soon. Do you own a kente cloth? What do your colors say? And if you have any suggestions on what item you’ll like to have on this series, please leave a comment. I’d really love to hear from you. Until next time, peace and productivity.