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!   

Available at Africancraft.com
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!

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2 Responses to “T is for Tools…… Adinkra tools”

  1. fikilemw Says:

    Hello, How are you?
    Your posts are always beautiful. Have you had a chance to look at Zulu bead patterns? They also contain messages. They can be love poems or denote to which clan the wearer belongs etc.

    • Jaelma Says:

      Wow! No I am not familiar with these….but now you have given me a GREAT topic to research- thanks soooo much…this is why I call myself a student of the world LOL! Have a fantastic weekend!

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