Ghana Weaving Colors and Motifs
"Kente" a traditional woven cloth from Ashanti, Ghana
yarns yellow, red, green, blue, black and white
geometric patterns express 300 proverbs and motifs
"Nkyimkyim" literally zigzag
life is not always smooth as a straight line
prudent living a balance between a zig and a zag
Sekan inspired by the practical utility of knives
efficiency, productivity and craftsmanship
symbolize sharpness of mind
"Fahia kotwere’ Agyeman"
literally lean on Agyeman when in financial need
symbolizes hope, faith, sharing and benevolence
"Sika Mpaboa" derived from the top
of native sandals normally worn by royals
and chiefs of Ashanti
"Ekye" literally a hat and hence the saying
the knee never takes the hat when the head is present
symbolizes status and responsibility
"Anintonwi" means eyebrows enhance facial appearance
gives a unique personality to the individual
symbolizes beauty, enhancement, elegance and uniqueness
"Abusuakro ye" literally family unity
the family different individuals bound together
in love, unity and peace "Asomdwoe" in Asante
"Nwotua" literally snail shells
inspired by the texture in black, brown and yellow
become endurance and self-containment
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 15
April 15, 2020
Words from http://www.eajournals.org/wp-content/uploads/Cross-Cultural-Weaves-Potential-for-Ghanaian-Cultural-Identity.pdf
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