Color in African clothing gives even more meaning! Here's what a few of these colors represent in African fashions.
Yellows, gold, mustard, and more...These colors represent wealth and fertility both. Gold represents both precious metal; and the yolk of an egg. Gold is one of the most popular colors in the African fashions. This color is used in both the fabric and the embroidery.
Unlike here in the US, red in African fashions is not considered the color of love. It is viewed as the sacrificial color of blood and represents the mood of tension in the political or spiritual world.
Blue is a harmonious color of peace and love and is used to symbolize the sky where creation came from.
Green is a medicinal color that symbolizes life and prosperity.
Meanings behind African fashion jewelry
In African jewelry different jewelry is worn for weddings, for everyday wear, and for other occasions.
Bone jewelry symbolizes prosperity in some African cultures. A cow can be considered sacred within people groups who raise cattle. Because a cow bone can represent wealth, bone or imitations of it are very popular in jewelry throughout Africa.
Another common ingredient to African jewelry is cowrie shell. In African culture cowrie shells are a symbol of prosperity and fertility.
The ever popular cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa. Its influence, however, also spread to China, where it was used as a form of currency to such an extent that the Chinese used its shape to form their pictograph for money! Today excavations have found some of the money of ancient China in the form of brass and silver cowrie shells. Wherever the cowrie shells were found, it seems as if it has been symbolized.
Spiritually, according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect.
However you interpret these beautiful white shells, they are a fascinating, unique addition to your wardrobe. Whether used in jewelry, or in crafts, or in any other use you can imagine, these shells are sure to add an exotic feel of Africa and make an excellent, one of a kind, fashion statement.