Patterns and Meanings

The design of kente cloth features many geometric patterns, and each pattern has a specific meaning, relating to the history or beliefs of the Ashanti people. Before becoming a master weaver, a person must learn the meanings of all of the patterns and how to create them. Some of the meanings of kente patterns are described below:

Afa - I have taken it.

Ohene Anewa - The king's eye, The king sees everything.

Nkyimkyim - Zigzag, Life is not a straight path.

Fatene - You go straight away to Agyeman.

Niata - Two-edged sword.

Trom Nwoma - Droughts, Smooth weave.

Kwadum Asa - Empty gun powder keg.