Akunitan means "cloth of the great" and is the Asante name for a type of embroidered cloth worn only by senior chiefs and kings. Although created using machine embroidery/sewing machines on a woollen blanket fabric background, these spectacular cloths are still an extraordinary display of design and creativity. A number of these cloths are in major museum collections, including one in the recently published catalogue of the African Art collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The motifs, like much Akan art, allude to proverbs and royal imagery. As Cole and Ross note in the volume "Arts of Ghana" (1977) "each "cloth of the great" is in fact a set of allusions to a chief's power and responsibility." Each cloth shown is in good condition. Full description of each cloth, together with price and ordering information, can be found with a larger picture by clicking on the thumbnail images.
|akun15: SOLD||akun16: US$1350|
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