“Kente cloth” has its origin with the Akan people of Ghana. It is a royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance. Kente was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread, however its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem in the Akan family and the entire country of Ghana.
Symbolic meanings of the colors in Kente cloth:
Black: maturation, intensified spiritual energy
Blue: peacefulness, harmony and love
Green: vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
Gold: royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
Grey: healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
Maroon: the color of mother earth; associated with healing
Pink: assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
Purple: assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
Red: political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.
Silver: serenity, purity, joy; assoc. with the moon
White: purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
Yellow: preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility