Today's outfit is another one directly influenced by African cultures, namely kente cloth. Kente cloth has its origins in Ghana and the Ashanti kingdom. There is a ton of information about kente cloth out in the world - I started with Wikipedia. Like the rest of this project, I really only skimmed the surface of scholarly information available.
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The outfit is based on one I found on Pinterest. I loved the drape of the cloth and the idea of holding a large wooden bowl. I knew I wanted to use kente cloth patterns at some point in this project. Kente cloth is highly symbolic. Colors and patterns are very meaningful. The pattern I used is called Fathia Fata Nkrumah. I also saw it referred to as a stars pattern. It symbolizes unity, among other things. As for colors, I chose blue for peace, gold for royalty, green for the land and spiritual growth, and white for pureness and faith. The bowl holds papayas, a fruit that is now grown in tropical regions throughout the world. I was initially going to put apples in the basket but that felt really generic. I also like the technical challenge of the papayas -- I used the good ol' gradient mesh tool in Illustrator. It's a tough tool to master but SO amazing when it works!
We're closing in on the half-way point of the project....plenty more to come!