FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018
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LOCAL FASHION DESIGNER MAKES SCARVES FOR STATE OF THE UNION PROTEST
Kente cloth scarves worn by members of Congress made by local immigrant
Washington, DC: Titi Wreh, a fashion designer and Liberian immigrant, who has made clothes and jewelry for over 20 years was happily surprised and honored to make scarves for members of Congress and others. They were worn by notable figures such as Representative Maxine Waters, Representative Yvette Clarke, and others.
Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus were already clients of Wreh. She sells some of her work in a small shop in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, doing business as ‘Chez Kevito.’ LaDavia Drane Esq., former Clinton’s Director of African-American Outreach, and Dr. Kwamme Anderson, former VP of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, called Wreh a couple of weeks ago to commission Kente cloth scarves as part of a protest during the State of The Union. As stated by many news sources such as ABC 10 News, “Most Democrats dressed in black and wore other symbolic items as a show of dissent – including members of the Congressional Black Caucus who donned Kente cloth scarves and ties to protest Trump’s alleged remarks calling certain African countries ‘shitholes.’” “The whole idea was to show support for Africa, particularly after the President called Africa and Haiti shitholes,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in an exclusive interview with theGrio.
Wreh made a sample of a specific Kente cloth print that they would all wear to represent important principles of African nations. 49 were initially ordered and an additional 6 were made as the protest grew in popularity. Wreh also made several pocket squares on-the-spot, within the chambers of the Rayburn House Office Building, as members of Congress and their respected guests came to pick up their symbolic clothing items near the DC office of Rep. Maxine Waters. Meanings of the colors in Kente cloth:
- black: maturation, intensified spiritual energy
- blue: peacefulness, harmony and love
- green: vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
- gold: royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
- grey: healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
- maroon: the color of mother earth; associated with healing
- pink: assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
- purple: assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
- red: political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.
- silver: serenity, purity, joy; associated with the moon
- white: purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
- yellow: preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty
We hope that these actions spur more actions to help protect the people of the United States, no matter where they were born.
About: Titi Wreh, owner of Chez Kevito, is a clothing and jewelry designer of over 20 years. She is known for her artisan clothing and bespoke designs for clients that order from her in-store and online. Though born in Monrovia, Liberia, she makes a variety of clothing, including those inspired by her African roots. Link for purchase: https://www.etsy.com/listing/576598930/cbc-kente-scarf