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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.