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Adinkra Printing

Adinkra is a printed or stamped traditional cloth made by the Ashanti people in Ghana, especially in the village of Ntonso.  Adinkra (ah-DEENK-rah) symbols have been used in Ghana on clothes, walls, pottery and as logos since the early 1800’s, when King Adinkra was a king from the Ivory Coast. The symbols each have a special meaning, and some have been passed on for over 100 years. We looked at  these symbols, and talked about the meaning, the history, and techniques before beginning our art project below.