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Cotton blend kente scarf, 'Shield' (4 strips) (Ghana)

Blue and white complement red, yellow and green in a colorful scarf from Rachel Armah. Woven by hand, traditional West African kente cloth depicts a design known as Akyem, or "shield." It's symbolism comes from an Akan proverb and represents bravery, heroic deeds and glorious accomplishment. Its message is that people's good deeds live after them. Each strip of kente cloth requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Each color ha of kente cloth requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Each color has its own meanings in Asante culture. Green is fertility and new harvest, gold is royalty, black is strength, aging and spirituality, and white is purity. read more