How is Adinkra made? – Textiles in Ghana (11/16)

How is Adinkra made? – Textiles in Ghana (11/16)

The dye for the cloth is produced
from kuntun kruni, the roots from the kuntu plant. First, 12 buckets of water
for one barrel. Add 25 sticks of the root
and put into the barrel. In the next two days,
remove the cover, it become cool. For if it is hot, you can’t put this in. Remove it from here
to this small barrel. This is white cloth.
We want to change it into black. When put in first,
it look like brown. By two weeks time,
it will change into black. It takes two weeks. It needs more sun. When it dries, you bring it back
and wet it again, and dry it again, six times. This is called badie. It’s the bark of the tree. You find it only in Savannah area. Is hard, so you go to pieces like this, and soak it with water for 24 hours. The softened bark
is pounded in a mortar, and is used to produce the dye
for stamping the symbols. Repeated boiling and filtering produces
a concentrated solution. Out of 48 gallons, I’m going to receive
only one gallon of the solution. I test it in this way. It’s ready for printing. The adinkra stamps are carved from the
wood of a gourd or calabash, by a professional designer and carver
such as Joseph Kofi Nsiah.

One Reply to “How is Adinkra made? – Textiles in Ghana (11/16)”

  1. I am using Alabama /S.Carolina /Georgia red dirt & red clay, with White Cotton ! Make mud in bucket, t hen soak fabric! Also want to do WHITE- Plain MUDD CLOTH! Anyone know where I can buy some ?

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