Where are you located?
I am based out of Indiana.
How do I care for my fabric?
Since ankara and kente print are 100% cotton, they are very easy to care for. Machine-wash warm or cold and then tumble dry. Pull straight from the dryer to prevent wrinkles, or iron while damp. I advise you to pre-wash cotton fabrics before cutting out your pattern. Use a steamer against the back of the fabric to remove residue from the labels. Depending on the brand, some of the fabric are slightly translucent, so you may want to insert a lining for increased opacity.
I've noticed that there seems to be different colors for the kente. Do the colors symbolize or mean anything?
Yes, the colors have meanings. Here are some of the most commonly used colors in kente fabric:
Blue: Love and Peace
Green: Harvest, Health, & Rejuvenation
Gold: Riches, Royalty, & Prosperity
Gray: Healing and Caring
Maroon: Mother Earth and all the goodness associated with mother
Pink & Purple: Femininity and grace
Red: Death and Struggle
Silver: Joy and Bliss
White: Purity and Sanctity
Yellow: Fertility and Value