Adinkra Symbol T-Shirts and Hoodies
There are currently over 48 different designs in this series. You are able to select various fabric colors and clothing styles, using the interactive RedBubble website. Choose your size, symbol, style and color, pay for it by credit card, and it will be mailed to your address.
Links to the various designs in the Adinkra series.
Bravery & Valor
Trust in God
Strength Through Unity
Quest for Knowledge
Power of Love
Learn from the Past
Service & Leadership
Wisdom & Knowledge
Humility with Strength
A Good Marriage
Supremacy of God
Perseverance & Commitment
Background behind Adinkra Symbology.
African symbols known as adinkra are ubiquitous in Ghana, a beautiful West African country on the Atlantic, situated between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. On cloth and walls, in pottery and logos, these Asante tribe symbols can be found everywhere.
Adinkra symbols were developed by the peoples of Ghana and Cote’ d’lvoire for use in decorating fanbric and can be traced back to the 17th century. Over time, the number of symbols grew. In modern times, they have been used for every-day wear, as well as for special occasions.
The symbols are created by cutting a stamp out of the thick skin of a calabash gourd. The stamp is dipped in dye, made from tree bark, and then repeatedly pressed onto cloth to create patterns.
Adinkra cloth provides a remarkable display of the values of the Ashante people, developed over many generations. The tradition continues to flourish in Ghana, today.
Adinkra is a printed or stamped traditional cloth made by the Asante people of Ghana. The symbols which decorate the cloth are called adinkra symbols, and they have now grown in popularity so much that they are used to decorate much more than clothes, including houses, furniture, pottery, textiles, metal casting, woodcarving, architecture, etc. Each adinkra symbol has a name and also a proverb associated with it. Every adinkra symbol has a meaning which are words of wisdom reflecting the philosophy, religious beliefs, social values and political history of the Akan people.