Ghana has a history of traditional dresses for particular occasions. Indigenous creativity on clothes glorifies the importance of the event where casual or some traditional festival.
Kente is traditional to Akan and Ewe people. Narrow strips of different design and color are weaved into one another giving an awesome look.
Kente comes from the Ewe village of Kpetoe, derive from local language words ‘ke and te’ meaning open and closed relating to the black and forth movement of the dress.
Some claim Bonwire area of Ashanti people as its place or origin.
Kente clothe is sewed and woven in plenty of styles:
Some designs are “status specific” such as one designated to Akan chief.
“Smocks” are the layered cloth series dominant in northern Ghana. Smocks are made from cotton strips sewed together. Generally strips comprises of blue and white. Heavily layered smocks are dedicated to local chiefs.
Funeral dress of Akan people is red and black.
In outdoor ceremonies Akan wears a mix of white and royal blue.
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