Learning the cultural, spiritual, and societal meanings of colors, symbols and silhouettes of various fashions is fascinating! In the previous blog, I wrote about the “Rainbow Kente Corset”. It’s predominant color is a blend between maroon and magenta. It’s colors and symbols exude a harmonious feminine energy. The “Orange Red Kente” corset is another House of Rubi fan favorite item! I wrote about the different meanings of Kente in the blog “Kente Kente Kente”. Journey onward with me as I delve deeper into discovering the meanings and symbols on the House of Rubi “Orange, Red Kente Corset!”
As stated in the previous blog “Kente Kente Kente”, 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. The predominate colors in this corset are yellow and a reddish orange. It has green, maroon, red and white stripes. Geometrical squarish symbols form a X pattern in a solid black square. The squares also form a jagged pattern that looks like the side view of a staircase. According to the article “The meaning of shapes in design” curves in shapes tend to be viewed as feminine in nature; straight lined shapes are more masculine. http://www.whiteriverdesign.com/blog/2014/10/meaning-shapes-design/
According to the website “Empower Yourself With Color Psychology” at http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-orange.html the color orange represents happiness and warmth. Orange strengthens emotional stability through difficult times and offers relief from despair and grief.
Kente Fabric Color Meanings
Yellow – royalty, richness, prosperity, wealth beauty
Red– blood, sacrificial rites
Maroon -represents mother earth and healing.
Green – earth’s vegetation, harvest and spiritual growth
Black – Spiritual energy, maturity
White – Purity and cleansing
These Kente cloth weave patterns bare similarities to the symbols on the House of Rubi “Orange Red Kente Corset!” Similar to the “Rainbow Kente Corset”, the “Orange Red Kente Corset” is made out of a commercialized Kente print. Generally these prints are stylized to look like original, traditional woven Kente fabrics. As stated in the previous blog, traditional Kente fabrics feature designs that are woven into the fabric. Today’s commercialized Kente design are stylized and printed onto the surface of a cotton and/or cotton blend fabric.
Conclusively, the “Orange Red Kente Corset” exudes calculative intelligence and masculine energy. It’s colors symbolizes wealth, prosperity and maturity!
Check out these articles to find out more about color phsychology, Kente colors, and symbol meanings!
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