Aya - Fern
Aya - Fern
100% silk twill scarf (90 x 90 cm)
Color: café noir/burnt umber/corn/cyber grape/cyclamen/crimson/dodger blue/english lavender/...
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A symbol of self-determining, sovereignty, fearlessness, independence, endurance, and resourcefulness
Meaning: Aya refers to the fern; the word also means ‘I am not afraid of you’, ‘I am independent of you’, and the wearer may imply this by wearing it.
Background: It is a hardy plant with thin evergreen leaves, which has the ability to withstand almost all weather conditions and soil types. Ferns are among the oldest land plants. They mostly grow in damp, shady places, although certain species grow on dry ground or rocks. Some ferns, in fact, grow only in rocky places—in fissures and crevices of cliff faces and boulders. Others grow as air plants, on trees. No matter where one finds itself one should be able to survive and blossom in all facets of life.
This symbol points out the ups and downs of life. The survival of mankind requires a strong will to face the challenges and vicissitudes of life. Lack of strong will and endurance in difficult situations exposes a person’s vulnerability, which could be capitalized on by their opponents. Knowing the meaning of this symbol motivates one to will the power to overcome challenges. The symbol signifies endurance and defiance of difficulties in all aspects of human endeavours.
Moral Values: The symbol teaches that life is full of uncertainties. However, one must persevere. It teaches a sense of adaptability in any condition. It also encourages individuals and nations to be independent, self-reliant, and resourceful. This is a symbol of defiance and endurance.
Idea Development: This is symbolic of the fern which can be found around as a parasitic plant on the palm tree, dry ground, and rocky places. It can be found with another plant known as Sensam which is gathered a lot around the palm tree. Unlike sensam, the fern is able to survive and climb up to progress.
Extract from Cultural Symbolism in Asante Traditional Textiles by ABRAHAM EKOW ASMAH
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