Almost every Ghanaian has a garment of kente cloth. The kente fabric is made of inter-woven silk fabric. Although you might now know the name, the kente cloth is used globally. The kente cloth is made in different styles, colors and patterns. Every design has its own meaning.
Meaning of the word Kente
The word ‘kente’ means ‘basket’. The word kente comes from the Akan or Ashanti people. Because of the manner in which the fabric is woven, the pattern of the fabric is similar to a basket, hence kente.
Meaning of the colors used in the Kente
- Black represents Africa
- Red represents the blood of forefathers
- Yellow represents gold
- Green represents the forest
Patterns of the Kente cloth and their meaning
Afa means ‘I have taken it’.
The king’s eye, The king sees everything
Zigzag, Life is not a straight path
Fatene means ‘You go straight away to Agyeman’.
Niata means ‘Two-edged sword’.
Trom Mwoma means ‘Droughts, Smooth weave’.
Kwadum Asa means ‘Empty gun powder keg’.