Hope and Unity

10 Mar

From http://calltoactionquilt.org/africansymbols.html

Adinkra symbols were first used as decorative elements in one of the most highly valued, hand-printed and hand-embroidered cloths of West Africa. The fabrics’ origin is traced to the Asante of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote’ d’lvoire (Ivory Coast). However, the production and use of Adinkra cloth has come to be more associated with the Asante than any other ethnic group. Around the 19th Century, the Asante developed their unique art of printing Adinkra cloth. Traditionally, the cloth was used exclusively by royalty and spiritual leaders for very important sacred ceremonies and rituals.

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NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO
“God is in the heavens”
symbol of hope
A reminder that God’s dwelling place is in the heaven, where he can listen to all prayers.

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NKONSONKONSON
“chain link”
symbol of unity and human relations
A reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies strength

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