Kente, originally worn by Akan royalty, is now available to all Ghanaians who can afford it. Men weave this textile in long thin strips sewn together to form large cloths worn on special occasions. Kente is named for its original patron, a proverb, and/or its patterns, allowing the wearer to subtly send a message to those in his or her presence. This cloth derives its name from the stripes of the warp threads; the adage associated with it, darkoro yesre (“certainly one day you will laugh”), reminds us that although things may seem bad now, they will be better again.
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