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Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter

Excited to see US Congress Democrat Leaders wearing scarves made from one of our Ghanaian masterpieces, our colourful Geometric Design Kente cloth to commemorate George Floyd.

Kente cloth designs reflect the history of all Black People and respects the pride of our African Heritage.

At Ebony By Bernice one of our goals is to promote African and Ghanaian culture through our authentic African fabrics, especially Kente.

Democrats wearing Kente cloth

Ebony By Bernice is a Black owned business which supports #blacklivesmatter movement. We don’t just believe it – we are committed to taking actions and work towards long-term change.

Diversity and Inclusion are the founding principles of our Company. We will continue to be proactive and hope that, as a small Swimwear Brand, we can play our part in this important movement for change, and can make a positive impact on all our Stakeholders.

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What Our Spring Summer Collection 19 stands for

Ebony By Bernice

This year, we’ve decided to dedicate our Spring Summer 2019 collection to most of the Akan names in Ghana. Akan is the biggest ethnic group and clan in Ghana. It consists of the eastern, western, central and Ashanti region. The Akan clan compromises 4 regions in Ghana among the 16 regions in Ghana.

Dufie: Dufie stands for Adinkra which are symbols in the Akan language. Visual symbols representing concepts or aphorisms, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, often used as artistic devices.

Some examples of Adinkra symbols.

Asantewaa: Asantewaa comes from the warrior Yaa Asantewaa who fought In 1900 she led the Ashanti war known as the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war, against British colonialism.

A picture of Yaa Asantewaa

Konadu: Konadu means justice. They are good women in terms of their speech, the way they represent themselves and also very good cookers. They love everyone and everything that surrounds them. They are very sensitive, inspirational and idealistic as well. They are well mannered in their behaviour.

Obaapa: Obaapa is normally referred to someone who helps. They are good women in terms of their speech, the way they represent themselves and also very good cooks. They love everyone and everything that surrounds them. They are very sensitive, inspirational and idealistic as well. They are well mannered in their behaviour.

Afra: Afra means earth. They are peaceful rulers, Very Creative, Have kind-hearted and loving. Very strong-minded people. Have strong promising nature that always attracts people towards them, but their promising nature makes them sometimes stubborn towards their work and decision making.

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The history of Kente Cloth, Our precious Heritage

The History of Kente

KENTE is a brilliantly colourful fabric, entirely hand-woven by Ghanaian weavers. The brilliant colours and intricate designs associated with Kente have definitely made this fabric the best known of all Ghanaian, and perhaps even all West African textiles. Every design has a story with a proverbial meaning, giving each cloth its own distinction.

Kente cloth is usually worn for ceremonies, festivals, and other sacred occasions. It is also given as a gift for weddings, child naming ceremonies, graduations, and other special events. The history of Kente weaving extends back more than 400 years. The word “Kente” comes from the word “kenten”, which means basket. The very first Kente weavers used raffia, or palm leaf fibres, and wove them into a cloth that looked like a basket.

A kente weaver at his work weaving Kente
A kente weaver at his work weaving Kente

One story about Kente says that two friends learned to weave by observing a spider weave its web. They wove in imitation of the spider, using raffia fibres to create a strip of fabric. Their leaders were so impressed with this new cloth that it became the royal cloth and was saved for special occasions. There are more than 300 different patterns of Kente cloth. Each pattern has a name and its own meaning. The meanings come from past events, religious beliefs, political ideas, and social customs.

Symbolic Meanings of the Colours

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 colour of mother earth; associated with healing

Pink: Associated with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red

Purple: associated with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women

Red: political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.

Silver: serenity, purity, joy; associated with the moon

White: purification, sanctification rites, and festive occasions

Yellow: preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty

A couple wearing Kente at their traditional Marriage
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Ghana Party in the Park

Ghana Party in the Park

Did you already know about Ghana Party in the Park?

Ghana Party in the park is an event Organized by Akwaaba Group based in the UK. Its main objective is to gather all Ethnic groups in the Uk. Its been running since 2005 marking it’s 13th year this year. And it normally features Ghanaian Artists based in Uk and Ghana as well with live performances, Runway show. It’s the Biggest Outdoor Event in Europe. Artists who participated in the last years include Done E, Bizzy Salifu, Eugy, Mr Eazy, Mr Silva, Afro B, Harm Kay and many more. 

This year we are happy to announce our participation in this Memorable event. At Ebony By Bernice, one of our missions is to introduce Ghanaian culture and Fabrics to the Western market. Above the mentioned we think that it’s a good opportunity to facilitate access to all African Girls who don’t Know our Brand yet. 

Don’t hesitate to visit our Stall at Ghana Party in the park on Saturday 14th July 2018 at Trent Park, Cockfosters Road EN4 0DX. and explore our SS18 CAPSULES.

See you there… on Saturday.