NAMES AND MEANINGS OF THE DESIGNS OF AFRICAN WAX PRINTS.

NAMES AND MEANINGS OF THE DESIGNS OF AFRICAN WAX PRINTS.

African Wax Prints have evolved over time ranging from locally produced ones to internationally produced but these two have something in common; the beautiful patterns and designs imprinted in them.

These patterns contain animals, trees and other varied objects combined with a variety of colors. I find these details of the Prints intriguing and fascinating yet these details have meanings and represent ideas. After visiting the showroom of Rose Fabrics Ghana at Dansoman, I came across a few fabrics with significant meanings and a little bit of history.

Most of these fabrics have Ga and Twi names and are translated in these dialects. With the help of Kenneth Anku, CEO of Rose Fabrics Ghana, these names were translated and I got a better understanding.

  1. NSUBRA

This is one of my personal favorite African Prints which comes in various colors yet the same details. Nsubra, which means well in Akan, with a few dots to represent the rippling effect of water when disturbed on the surface, is often sewn into shirts, dresses and other styles due to its beauty.

2. Akyekydeɛ Akyi

The back of the tortoise is the meaning behind the name of this fabric. It comes in various colors as well and is often worn by most Ghanaians. The tortoise is said to be a slow yet wise creature with a hard-protective shell.

3. HIGHLIFE

This fabric represents the most popular genre of music in Ghana, highlife. This genre is loved by many due to the originality and quality of sound produced by most highlife musician.

4.  Tear Drops

This is one of the new types of fabrics on the market these days and mostly purchased by many. The patterns in the fabric are shaped like tear drops hence the name Tear Drops. The Prints are in many colors and this happens to be my favorite.

5. SALAD

One of the new African Prints to hit the market recently. The choice of name was due to the vegetable-like patterns imprinted in the fabric. The combination of the variety of leaf-like pattern makes up the salad.

More fabrics with meanings to be posted soon!!!!!!!

All fabrics available at RoseFabricsGh.

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