Wax Prints - An Integral Part of African Society




Africa is understood for several things; its natural resources, human resources, beautiful weather and lots of others. one among these many Africa is understood for is its wax prints.

As you'll already know we are people that love color and style and our wax prints aren't overlooked .

Wax prints are available many vibrsaant colors and are worn on an everyday basis and on special occasions. It's exciting to steer down the material bazar with beautiful colors hanging within the stalls. you'll grind to a halt within the marketplace for hours trying to make a decision which one to select . Wax prints are often dressed up or dressed down counting on what the individual prefers.

Women normally wear it in 2 pieces; a blouse called a "kaba" and an extended skirt called a "slit". within the past women would have an additional piece of fabric about 1.5 to 2 yards worth of fabric called the "akatasuo" or "a covering" to wrap around their waist or draped over their shoulder. Traditional attire is slowly fading out as modern women like better to wear tighter and smaller blouses that don't require the akatasuo. it is also partly thanks to changing times and children eager to wear clothes more in Western Style.

Men wear their wax print as a wrap using 8 to 12 yards of cloth counting on how big and tall they're . this is often seen tons among older men for special occasions. The younger men wear shirts made with wax prints.

COLOR SIGNIFICANCE

Prints with white backgrounds and black/navy blue patterns are normally worn on special occasions or celebrations like marriage ceremonies and naming ceremonies. These also are worn to the funerals of individuals who lived an extended and full life or on the Judgment Day of the funeral where most of the time the family goes to a thanksgiving service or when a celebration is held to round off the funeral celebration.

Women who have just delivered are alleged to wear white within the Akan culture for a minimum of 6 months counting on which family they belong to. Black, red, and brown are worn for mourning and sorrow. Red doubles as a color to point out anger and sorrow, worn usually at the funeral of somebody who dies young or whose death is taken into account unnatural or tragic. These prints are predominantly black, black and brown, brown and black or red and black and black and red.




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