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Yup. I’ve BEEN washing my hands... therefore my health isn’t compromised and my African-print manicure by @heyquisa stays fressssshhhhhh 💅🏿⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ And you already know, we paint with intention... so below are the ancient meanings behind each print. And I know y’all have time to read all of this while you “social-distance” yourselves... ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1. Kente; is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 2. Angelina; given its name because the popularity of the print coincided with the release of the hit song “Angelina” by the legendary Ghanaian highlife group “The Sweet Talks.⁣”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 3. Peacock feathers; seen as a powerful and mystical symbol and are considered sacred. It’s also reflected as an Adinkra symbol: Sankofa; a stylized bird with its head turned backwards; translated in the Twi language to "Go back and get it"⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 4. S3 wo b3 ka me hu as3m a fa akonya tinase (Stool); the stool symbol is the key feature and its name implies that, ‘if you want to talk about me, take a stool and sit down.’ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 5. Stars; the black star was chosen as a revolutionary symbol of black power and emancipation. It represents the triumphant fight against colonialism and imperialism in Africa.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 6. High Life; derived from the highlife music genre in Ghana. This genre has evolved into Hip Life, and more recently Afrobeats.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 7. Bògòlanfini aka mudcloth; Malian ⁣ women are wrapped after their initiation into adulthood, and immediately after childbirth, as the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released under such circumstances. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 8. Nsu Bra; an Akan word for well. The tiny dots which are in a spiral form resemble the ripples made in a well after water is fetched from it or when a stone is dropped into its depths. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 9. Sika Wo Antaban; translated directly to “money has wings”. Money indeed flies where it wants to go. If you don't handle it well, it will fly from you. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 10. Bògòlanfini aka mudcloth; Rust/brown – represents the strong supernatural powers that protect the hunter; signifies blood from the hunt or from warfare.