Fatima Samad refers to her grandmother as “queen mother.” So it’s only fitting that she wears her grandmother distinct kente cloth as a crown, or head wrap, from time to time. Find out why she adores her granny and why this one garment means so much to her.
Who: Fatima Samad, Jewelry Designer and Owner of Design By U Jewelry
What: Kente cloth from her Grandmother
The sentiment: This head wrap is very sentimental to me because my grandmother gave it to me. My grandmother is one of many distinctive women in her village. This is one of the kente cloths they wear to represent their lineage and what part of the family they’re from. So this is basically a piece of her that I have because I’m not within reach. She lives in Ghana so I only get to see her when I go there so this means a lot to me. I haven’t done anything with the fabric yet. I don’t know what I will do with it. But anytime I do get to wear it, I wear it as a head wrap because I don’t want to cut it or do anything to damage it.
It makes me feel connected to her. It makes me feel like a queen like her. It makes me feel deep rooted into my culture. I’ve been going to Ghana ever since I was six. Thankfully my parents have been great about taking me back home and I followed through as an adult. So everyone I go to Ghana I spend at least three weeks with her. I go to the village to spend time with her then we bring her to the city, which she absolutely hates. Every time I see this cloth I’m just like, ‘ah, grandma.’ She’s absolutely amazing. She’s like the queen mother of the village. She takes care of everyone, so it’s such an honor.