Adinkra Woman’s Cloth

£475.00

ADK093- The swirling motif on this attractive Asante hand stamped adinkra woman’s cloth is called “Obi nka bi,” meaning “bite not one another.” One informant noted “In the olden days during times of war, this is what the Asantehene [king of the Asante people] put on. When he wore this it meant that there was trouble. This would say if you had not offended him he would not offend you. ”

 

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The swirling motif on this attractive Asante hand stamped adinkra woman’s cloth is called “Obi nka bi,” meaning “bite not one another.” One informant noted “In the olden days during times of war, this is what the Asantehene [king of the Asante people] put on. When he wore this it meant that there was trouble. This would say if you had not offended him he would not offend you. ” The second motif was called “Aban” – “a two story house or castle” a symbol of government or authority. Adinkra designs offer a window into Akan cultural traditions in Ghana that still resonate today.  Hand stitching in multicoloured silk joins the cloth panels.  Careful positioning of the stamped motifs make this a fine example.  As with many other African textile traditions vintage examples of adinkra are becoming increasingly hard to source and prices have risen accordingly. Dates from around the 1950 or 1960s. Condition: excellent.

Measurement: 66 inches x 43 ins, 169 cm x 109 cm

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)