Ghana is adorned with beautiful cultural classes that speak awesomeness in diversity. From the Ashantis to the Fante people, the formerly Gold Coast country has its uniqueness imbued in age-long cultural heritage.
Ghanaian traditional weddings are reputed to be full of hype, color, and glamor. They are always filled with an ensemble of dance, music, family banter, class, and the best in African kente fashion styles. There is really a reason why Ghanaian traditional weddings are the definition of splendor; the kente styles represent the beautiful Ghanaian culture and heritage.
Often, Ghanaian couples, the bride and the groom, wear matching Kente for their traditional wedding. Kente is for special occasions and has received huge endorsements, as brides use it in their traditional wedding.
Kente has become the signature of Ghanaian traditional weddings.
You can blend Kente with other fabrics, like Ankara, lace, and brocade. However, Kente can be made as suits and gowns, making them universally acceptable. Hence, couple can make a cool combination with Kente during engagement or wedding.
Kente styles are indeed one of the most popular attires when we talk about African traditional wedding styles. Aside for its unique and styles for engagement and bright colors, Kente is widely the accepted traditional fabric for Ghanaians.
Interestingly, Kente is a unisex attire, as both men and women drape it in a different way. Men use it as an ancient Greek toga across one shoulder and around the body. Women wear a two-piece kente: one forms a wrap-around skirt (2 yards long and 45 inches wide piece of fabric) and another one is used as a shawl. A plain-colored blouse is worn to complete the attire.
The most important feature of a kente cloth is its pattern. There are more than 300 various patterns, and each and every one of them has its name and a unique deeply symbolic meaning.
1. Red–blood; strong political and spiritual feelings;
2. Pink–calmness, tenderness, and similar qualities;
3. Yellow–yolk of the egg; some fruits and veggies; holy and precious things;
4. Gold–wealth, royalty, etc.;
5. White–white of the egg; white clay used in some rituals; healing; purity;
6. Maroon–Earth; mother; healing and protection from evil;
7. Purple–Earth; healing;
8. Blue-sky; harmony, peace, good fortune, love;
9. Green–plants; growth and good health;
10. Yellow-moon; purity and serenity;
11. Gray– ashes; spiritual cleansing;
12. Black– aging; strong spiritual energy, the spirits of the ancestors.
Also, Brides are adorned with a tekua, a traditional, crown-like bridal hair-dress. Gold jewelry and colorful beading is also part of the bride’s accessories, which might differ depending on her family’s tribe.
However, the groom’s attire can either come from a choice of piece of wrapper tied from one side of his neck or even choose to put on a brocade, Agbada, or Senator style for men, the choice is entirely his. As for the bride, she can choose to make a skirt and blouse, long gown or any other style she likes with her Kente fabric. Also, a blend of lace or any other matching fabric can go well to create a unique style.