We have used Adinkra symbols to represent the pages within this
Adinkra symbols where developed by the peoples of Ghana and
Cote' d'lvoire for use in decorating fanbric and can be traced
back to the 17th century. Over time, the number of symbols grew.
In modern times, they have been used for every-day wear, as well
as for special occasions.
The word "adinkra" means goodbye because originally clothes
adorned with Adinkra symbols were only worn during ceremonies to
honor the dead. The symbols worn on the mourner's clothing expressed
the qualities attributed to the deceased.
The symbols are created by cutting a stamp out of the thick skin
of a calabash gourd. The stamp is dipped in dye, made from tree bark,
and then repeatedly pressed onto cloth to create patterns.
Adinkra cloth provides a remarkable display of the values of the
Ashante people, developed over many generations. The tradition continues
to flourish in Ghana, today.
Each adinkra symbol
has a unique name and meaning derived either from a proverb, a
historical event, human attitude, animal behavior, plant life, forms
of inanimate and man-made objects. Their meanings of motifs may
be categorized as follows: Aesthetics, Ethics, Human Relations and
concepts. We have chosen apropriate symbols for each section of
see the meanings of the Adinkra symbls we have used below
" child of the heavens [stars] "
symbol of guardianship
A reminder that God is the father and watches over all people.
symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility
" linked hearts"
symbol of understanding and agreement
"The dagger or executioner's knife"
Symbol of justice and punishment.
" chain link"
symbol of unity and human relations
A reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies
ESE NE TEKREMA
" the teeth and the tongue"
symbol of friendship and interdependence
The teeth and the tongue play interdependent roles in the
mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together.