The origin of Kente and Madras
These classic fabrics have huge cultural significance and we love to see it!
- Originated in Madras (now Chennai), India.
- Originally made from an ancient tree and used vegetables as dyes.
- Widely used throughout North Africa and the West Indies.
- Was one of the few ways enslaved people on the islands could express themselves during colonization.
- National dress of Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Guadaloupe.
- Used as a symbol for national and cultural pride.
- Originated in Ghana.
- Ashanti legend says that the art of weaving Kente came from the spider, Ananse.
- It was originally worn by royalty, but became more common in other regions.
- It is a powerful visual representation of the history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious belief, social values, and political thought of West Africa
- Each pattern and piece has a name that tells a story.
- Ghanians choose Kente for their names as often as for their patterns.