Adinkra Cloth

Adinkra Cloth Adinkra Cloth

Adinkra is a mourning cloth worn by the Akan people of Ghana, dating back to the early 19th century. Unlike Kente cloth, Adinkra is a stamped cloth rather than woven. The cloth is typically made out of plain cotton fabric and is stamped with symbols known as Adinkra Symbols.

Each of these symbols has different meanings to the Akan people, and there are various theories as to how they originated. Some individuals believe that the symbols were communicated by God to the Akans while others believe they are Islamic in nature and arrived through trade routes that went through the Sahara.

Includes information from:

Owusu, Philip. “Adinkra Symbols as ‘Multivocal’ Pedagogical/Socialization Tool.” Contemporary Journal of African Studies 6, no. 1 (2019): 46–58.