Many of us wear clothing to feel and look good. Some of us wear certain garments for traditional or ceremonial purposes. There are meanings ascribed to the colors and symbols embroidered, dyed, woven, and/or printed on to many fashions. Today most of us wear what we like, cause we like it. It’s fun and educational to learn the meanings behind many of the colors and symbols used in today’s clothing worldwide!
I wrote about the different meanings of Kente in the blog “Kente Kente Kente” One of House of Rubi most popular and fan favorite item, is the Rainbow Kente Corset.
Curiosity led me to research the symbols on this corset’s fabric print; here are my findings!!
A deep maroon/magenta is the predominant color through out this corset. According to today’s color psychology, the color magenta represents emotional balance and universal harmony. Magenta is a blend of red and violet, hence it contains the passionate powerful energy associated with red, yet that energy is subdued due to violet’s calming and quiet energy. This creates a harmonious balance between energies.
Kente cloth originated in West Africa and is identified with the Akan people and the Asante Kingdom. Today, the most recognizable Kente cloth have predominantly yellow and orange colors. Yet Kente comes in many colors and every color has a meaning. The House of Rubi Rainbow corset has Maroon/Magenta, pink, blue, green, yellow, stripes and oval shaped patterns.
Maroon-represents mother earth and healing.
Pink– feminity and the female essence
Blue– togetherness, love, harmony and peace
Green– earth’s vegetation, harvest and spritual growth
Yellow– royalty, richness, prosperity, wealth
Most Kente fabrics have triangles, squares and circles woven into the fabric design. There is a difference between the types of Kente. The traditional Kente fabric features designs that are woven into the fabric. Today’s commercialized Kente design are printed onto the surface of a cotton and/or cotton blend fabric.
The House of Rubi Rainbow Kente corset is made out of a Kente print fabric. It’s oval shape patterns isn’t ascribed to traditional Kente shapes and meaning. However, oval shapes do have a meaning in design as a whole. According to the article “The meaning of shapes in design” culturally, circle and ovals represents harmony, unity, love and protection. “Curves in general when used in shapes tend to be viewed as feminine in nature while straight lined shapes are more masculine.” http://www.whiteriverdesign.com/blog/2014/10/meaning-shapes-design/
Based on this research, The House of Rubi Rainbow Kente corset gives of an harmonious feminine energy, which promotes love, growth and prosperity! Honestly at the end of the day, I really love this corset because it looks good!! 😀 😀 😀
Check out these articles to find out more about color phsychology, Kente colors, and symbol meanings!
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