In Ghana, it is said that a woman carries her wealth in her cloth. An indication of the very high regard and important role printed cloth plays in the social and cultural life. Regardless of personal circumstances, African women manage to present themselves in the most flattering light possible. Their natural beauty is augmented by the brilliant colorful cloth used in the clothing they wear.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” The wisdom of this saying has the greatest meaning when we think of how we raise our children. We work to instill qualities of self-respect, and high esteem for themselves, their families and society. Culture carries these values, and shaping cultural identity in our children helps them to flourish in their character as adults. Language, customs, and dress are all part of your cultural identity. For girls, wearing African print dresses and African waist beads serves to cultivate the awareness of their own beauty. For boys wearing dashikis, gyeromis, batakaris, and fugus tell themselves and others that they are extensions of a great and powerful people. For boys and girls, the dress that reflects and reinforces their cultural identity strengthens the character, confidence and competence they will display as adults.