Adinkra Symbols Basic Pillow- Model 1

  • $32.00


A strategically placed accent can bring the whole room to life, and this Adinkra Symbol pillow is just what you need to do that. What's more, the soft, machine-washable case with the shape-retaining insert is a joy to have long afternoon naps on.

100% polyester case and insert
Hidden zipper
Machine-washable case
Shape-retaining polyester insert included (handwash only)

Facts:
Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa that represent concepts or original thoughts. Adinkra are used on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings and logos. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. They also can be used to communicate evocative messages that represent parts of their life or those around them.

The Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti in Ghana are timeless and still used today. There are contradictory views as to their origin and age. The name “Adinkra” can probably be traced back to the word “Dinkra” of the Akan/Twi Language, which is spoken by the Ashanti. “Dinkra” means: being separated, taking leave, saying farewell. Fabrics printed with the Adinkra motifs are often used during times of mourning. Approximately four hundred such symbols are known in Ghana. Normally, the Adinkra are simplified or stylized representations of objects, plants, animals, natural shapes, hairstyles, or buildings. Many of these motifs share a common basic form, and slight variations in the representation may entail a change in the meaning.

In Africa a great deal of philosophical material is embedded in the proverbs, myth, and folk-tales, folksongs, rituals, beliefs, customs, and traditions of the people.

Adinkra means goodbye. Originally, the cloth was worn only by the royalty and spiritual leaders for mourning during funeral services. It can now be worn by anyone for any occasion. The symbols and their meanings are still used to convey a message.

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