T is for Tools…… Adinkra tools
April 25, 2012
One of the reasons I love Adinkra symbols and have committed to “studying” them is their long history. It fascinates me that these symbols have been passed down for so many generations in Ghana. They are some what unique because they are a printed form of communication and historically many African traditions are oral. This is not to say that there are not other traditional written or printed expression on the African continent because there are others for sure!! I plan to one day explore those too!
Gye Nyame Adinkra stamps
- Adinkra Stamps
The methods used to print the Adinkra symbols have been passed down too. Traditionally the symbols are carved into calabash. The symbol is then printed on fabric using beautiful dyes. The cloth that is created is a beautiful expression from the printer. We now have many ways to “create” the Adinkra symbols but it is really important to remember the traditional ways and not lose this knowledge. One day soon I would like to try my hand at printing on some cloth – I will be sure to share the fun here.
Here is a video featuring the Adinkra printing tools with explanation of some of the symbols. Unfortunately I could not embed the video but click the link and Enjoy!