SATURDAY

The voice coming over the airwaves of a local radio station one morning is unfamiliar, but with its Trinidadian accent, calm and deep, it seems grounded in self-knowledge. And in a photograph, Sharrone Mitchell, a designer who brings body and soul together through fashion, looks like one of the spiritual leaders she designs for—Iyanla Vanzant. Trained as a dancer, Mitchell says her interest in African culture and clothing grew while she was learning African dance with the KanKouran West African Dance Company. Having begun by draping, pinning, and stitching designs for herself, Mitchell now has her own clothing line, By Sharrone, which uses hand-woven fabrics—cotton, silk, and linen—to complement and bring out the spirit of black people. The collection is earthy yet colorful, fluid yet casual, and now accented with a special touch of Akan legacy—Adinkra symbols. Adorned with symbols ranging from the sankofa, to the gye nyame, her designs exude proverbial messages: Be independent; remember your culture; be responsible to your community. Mitchell encourages her clients to “gravitate towards and embrace that which is their own”; even if they don’t understand the meaning behind the symbols they are wearing, they can still benefit form the positive energy surrounding the clothing, she says. See the spirit dance when Mitchell’s By Sharrone collection is presented in “Fashion in the Symbols of Adinkra” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Drive NW. $25. (202) 723-9546. (Ayesha Morris)