What is the history of Adinkra? – Textiles in Ghana (10/16)

What is the history of Adinkra? – Textiles in Ghana (10/16)


The Ashanti people
see adinkra as an invention they took from other
vanquished people, and not as their own creation. It’s often said
that adinkra was introduced after the Ashanti victory over the
19thC German king Kofi Adinkra. That adinkra is so recent is unlikely, as cloths datable to the early 19thC, are evidence of adinkra
as a highly developed art form. Both kente and adinkra, seem to draw on a long developing
tradition of experimentation.

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