Want to know a little more about the colourful history of African fashion, or are you interested in how Africa brought the colour to the world of fashion globally? If cultural clothing fascinates you, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out more about have Africa’s diversity translates into cloth across a full spectrum of colour:
Meaning behind each colourOne of the first things that people want to know about African-style clothing is the meaning behind each thread. While many modern designs are built just to look incredible, there’s a rich history between the choice of bright, eye-catching colour within African designs. To shortlist just a few of the most common and popular themes, here are a few to get you started:
Red – the colour of conflict, the use of this primary colour reflects political and spiritual tension and is widely used with other colours to weave a complete tapestry
Gold – As the colour of wealth and fertility, yellows and golds show prosperity in financial, familial and spiritual value
White – As in western culture, white represents the concept of purity and spirituality; which reflects across multiple faiths as the same concept
Blue – Often referred to as the colour of love and peace, blue represents the sky and is widely considered harmonious with other colours when used in design
When it comes to picking the colours for African garments, there’s far more to each design than meets the eye. So it’s well worth having a longer look into the meaning behind each colour, especially if you can’t quite decide which shade you like the best.