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.
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.
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.
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.
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