I love how Ghanaian Couples are going for the African Prints and Kente or integrating it into their ceremonial attire these days. It used to be the popular all white wedding.
The white wedding gown could be traced back to 1406. But it was not until the 1840 wedding of England’s Queen Victoria to her cousin Prince Albert that the white wedding gown became popular.
Queen Victoria’s stunning white wedding gown, dripping with orange blossoms, inspired thousands of potential brides to wear white when they wedded.
Ghanaian weddings, much like American weddings are a time of celebration, laughter, and love; at the incredible decision of two people agreeing to share the rest of their lives with one another. But visually, the two ceremonies couldn’t be more different.
The vibrant patterns and colors of the wax print and kente cloths draw on-lookers in and force their eyes to focus and examine each color, line and shape; as if not to miss a moment of the unique beauty. Men wrap the cloth around their bodies and drape it over their shoulders like a cloak of honor, brimming with confidence and declaring their West African Pride. The cut of the dresses give women the most feminine of curves, while still leaving everything to the imagination. Bringing out the true beauty and sensuality of each woman, as she fulfills her title as an “African Queen.” says Noelle Bonner.
The Traditional cloth for Ghanaian wedding is the Kente: – The kente is a colorful Asante ceremonial cloth that is hand-woven on a loom. Four inch strips are sewn together into larger pieces of cloth. The brilliant colors and intricate designs associated with Kente have definitely made this fabric the best known of all Ghanaian, and perhaps even all West African textiles.
Every design has a story with a proverbial meaning, giving each cloth its own distinction. Kente cloth comes in various colors, sizes and designs and is worn during very important social and religious occasions.
African prints worn by the bridal train is a big trend now in Ghana and its unifying power draws attention to the bridal party.
Some brides choose to wear an all white wedding gown, with her bridal party wearing kente or ankara prints or the groom wearing a suit whilst his groomsmen wear Traditional attire. Whatever way it goes, I personally love how the bride, groom, family and guest now incorporate our traditional cloth into our new modernized fashion sense. It certainly makes attending a Ghanaian wedding one of a kind!
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