Colours play a very important role in African fabric, as African clothing can also be a symbol of creativity, status and allegiance to African tribal roots. If one is to study African clothing, one would have noticed that the designs are rich, colourful and vibrant. In African culture, colours inherently have a figurative nature in different varieties, including when rich and vibrant colours are used in African fabrics and African clothing. Colours can symbolize a diversity of emotions, culture and traditions. Also, every colour that is used in African fabrics has a deep history behind it, each colour is so important and they represent something unique in African culture.
Designers of these fabrics make them specifically with many considerations in mind such as, its appearance, colour, symbol, and shape of the clothing each having very specific meaning or purpose. African designers usually combine several colours and patterns to symbolise various emotions, energy and experience. Colours have greatly impacted African clothing and both the traditional and modern African fashion industries as the denotations of colours, which progressively evolved all through history to create the spectral of designs that are worn today. When one understands the true values behind the variation of African clothing colours, one can decide on the perfect textiles, decorations and colour blends that will suit specific occasions.
Dark skinned African, are usually gravitating to brighter colours thereby spectacular and be more noticed. Moreover, colours enhance African skin; making Africans look 3 times as good and confident. The uniqueness of each colour in African is described below:
In African fashion, purple colour symbolises the essence of femininity, it deeply represents the strong and beautiful nature of womanhood.
Yellow colour symbolises wealth and riches, spiritual purity, fertility, beauty and the precious nature of life.
Gold is an exceptionally fashionable colour as it signifies wealth and fertility.
Blue is the colour that symbolises harmony, togetherness, peace and love. It is frequently used in mixture with other colours to create a rich textile full of energy and that has deep symbolism behind it. Blue fabrics are extensively used in the Southern countries of Africa such as Leteisi and Shweshwe.
Green is a natural colour that demonstrates growth. In African culture, it can be related to spiritual growth and development of an individual as well as the growth that takes place in nature, such as it happens in agriculture.
White is the colour of purity. It portrays cleansing and it is frequently worn for celebratory occasions. It has a virtue representing its pureness. White is the colour of purity
Black is often used for mourning, black has a reflective spiritual energy. Black colour can also represent other meanings too, such as maturity.
Colours have their significance on African fashion. Rather than just adding beauty to the styles.