Sunday’s Best: Kente Cloth

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Two- piece & Shoulder Wrap: Kente Cloth // Shoes: Ivanka Trump (This color on Sale!)

Hey Hey Ya’ll! This is what I wore to service on Sunday. Man listen, all NYers strutted their stuff this past Sunday, as we were blessed with 50 degree weather. It was truly an all around beautiful day. I wanted to feel like an Asante princess so I opted for this traditional Kente Cloth from Ghana. This two-piece outfit was bought and made back home in Ghana two years ago. My seamstress, who originally made it for my college graduation, is so talented. It’s really not easy handling Kente as it is hand-woven and consists of a very thick fabric. Like veryyyyyy thick. So thick, it’ll make you look bigger than you are lol. But I don’t mind. I wore my Ivanka Trump shoes that I fell in love with a few months ago. They remind me of the Valentino Rockstud Heels but so much more affordable. The Valentino’s will be mine one day; one day someone decides gift them to me ha ha! In the meantime, Ivanka will do. My jewelry is from all over. I thought this lion face necklace was appropriate for my outfit. Reminds me of my pet lion, Simba back home. (Sarcasm- since some think Africans roam with lions, tigers and bears.)

Quick History Behind Kente Cloth:

Developed by people of the Asante (Ashanti) tribe; side note- I’m actually an Ashanti. Legend holds that two men learned the art of Kente weaving by watching a spider weave its web. The two men reported their discovery to their chief,  Nana Bobie, who reported it to the Asantehene (The Asante Chief) at the time. The Asantehene then adopted the Kente cloth as the royal cloth reserved for special occassions. Kente cloth is made in Bonwire, and Ashanti region in Ghana. Each cloth and pattern is symbolic, with a name and meaning. Today, there are over 300 different types of Kente and it is actually extremely expensive. Should you be interested in more information regarding Kente and its meanings, see here. Below are pictures of how kente cloth is produced.  When I visited Bonwire as a child, I was so amazed at the speed and efficiency in which they work:

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(I do not own rights to these photos. These images were taken from Google.)

(As mentioned in my prior post, I vacuumed my macbook charger so until I get the replacement, I’m using another computer to give you raw unedited photos lol.)

-Be blessed & have a great week.

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