About 2 years ago to our customers delight Simply Fabrics started selling African fabric by the metre (in fact the minimum you can buy is one quarter of a metre) traditionally it is sold in 6 yard pieces. We sell Holland Wax and Kente cotton print fabric at only £5.00 per metre. I thought we would do a post specificially about Kente cotton print fabric as it seems to fly out of our shop!
You can now see Kente print being sold on the High Street and various artists wearing Kente, also in the late 80’s and early 90’s African-Americans returned to their roots, many outfitted themselves in Kente printed cloth made in the traditional style dress. Printed Kente designs on plain woven materials became a less expensive alternative to the traditional cloth, and a way for African-Americans to show off their African heritage. Now acceptable for everyday wear, the design is seen on everything from apparel to accessories.
The great thing about Kente fabric are the bright colours and geometric shapes that make it look very fashionable. However, Kente fabric does have a deep and meaningful history. Kente dates back 375 years and originated in the Ashanti Kingdom of Ghana and was solely intended to be worn only by Kings, Queens and the Chiefs, even the patterns and colours have meanings.
I will attach a very informative post from Dupsies.com about the history of Kente, please click here
I have just come back from a shopping trip for our shop, feast your eyes on the jaw dropping prints that will be coming into our shop this Thursday!