Note that African fabrics often differ between those made for local use - usually replete withhidden meanings or local proverbs - allowing locals to make a particular statements with their costume ± and those fabrics produced for overseas markets which tend to use more 'sanitised'symbology.
are visualsymbols, originally created by theAkanof Ghanaand the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoirein
West Africa, that representconceptsoraphorisms.
are used on fabric, walls, in pottery,woodcarvings and logos. Fabric
are often made bywoodcut sign writingas well asscreen
printing. They also can be used to communicate evocativemessagesthat represent parts of theirlifeor
those around them.
Adinkra cloth is a hand printed fabric. The origin of Adinkra cloth is traced to theAshanti people of Ghana. Initially the cloths were made for royalty to be worn at religiousceremonies. Adinkra cloth is decorated with traditional symbols that covey the thoughts andfeelings of the person wearing them. The fabric of adinkra cloth is divided into squares by linesdrawn using a bark dye and then stamped with gourds that have been carved with designs.
They should explain how their prints are reflective of traditional Ghana culture and the land. Explainhow the Ashanti people of Ghana once used adinkra cloths exclusively for royalty but in recent yearsthat has changed.
Ghana has the highest percentage of Christians in West Africa, but the belief in traditionalanimist religions is still extremely common.
is one of the highly valued hand-printed and hand-embroidered cloths. Its origin is traced tothe Asante people of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote' d'lvoire (Ivory Coast).However, the production and use of Adinkra have come to be more associated with theAsante people than any other group of people. Around the 19th Century, the Asante peopledeveloped their unique art of adinkra printing. Adinkra clothes were made and usedexclusively by the royalty and spiritual leaders for very important sacred ceremonies andrituals.