Adinkra Cloth


Artist
Asante (Ghanaian)
Date
1960s
Medium
Hand-stamped cotton, silk embroidery
Dimensions
Work : 11 ft. x 6 ft. 9 in. (3.4 x 2.1 m)
Credit Line
Gift of Bruce Haight
Object Number
2018.3.102

Label

Adinkra are visual symbols representing concepts or qualities that are admired and held important by the Asante people of Ghana. Adinkra symbols were traditionally used in architectural decoration, decorative arts and textiles and were often combined to create complex designs that are rich in meaning. This large cloth is stamped with adinkra symbols associated with strength, bravery, independence, prosperity, and modesty. It was probably made for an Asante chief and would have been worn wrapped around the chief’s body on special occasions.


 

Object Type
Textile