The Kente fabrics used in Del Toro’s ‘Voyage to Africa’ SS16 Collection originate from the Akan people of South Ghana, where Kente is an icon of African culture and heritage.
The word Kente, means basket in the Akan dialect and originated in the Ashanti Kingdom in the 17th century AD.
Due to the time and skill needed to make an intricate Kente cloth, it was revered as a luxury good, made originally out of silk and solely for royalty during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Kente cloths vary and each has their own pattern, design and color with their own meaning and story. Kente holds a lot of symbolism in the African Ghana culture, where each color used in the intricate and unique designs has a distinctive meaning.
Red – Symbolizes bloodshed, heightened spiritual and political mood, sacrifice and struggle.
Blue – Symbolizes peace, sky, spiritual sanctity, good fortune, peace, love and harmony.
Green – Symbolizes earth, plants, farming, herbal medicine, growth, health and rejuvenation.
White – Symbolizes purification, healing, purifying the soul, as well as for celebratory events.
Grey – Symbolizes healing, cleansing and ashes.
Black – Symbolizes spirituality, the soul’s connection to ancestors, age, maturity and ability.
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Navy Suede Chukka with Kente Fabric
Black Suede Chukka with Kente Fabric