3 Strips Handwoven Red Yellow Green African Kente Scarf, "Shield"
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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 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.
Rachel Armah has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $100 and the most recent for $150. Proceeds were used to stock up on beads and stones for her jewelry.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
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Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
This artist supports children under the age of 18.