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The Adinkra symbols are pictorial presentations of values important to the Akan people of Ghana. They are extensively used to...read more

The Adinkra symbols are pictorial presentations of values important to the Akan people of Ghana. They are extensively used to express the feelings and sentiments of their present and past and conditions that one may undergo at a particular moment. It is a powerful form of writing, which encapsulates all that is relevant and important in their political, social, cultural, religious and psychological lives.
The design motifs of Adinkra stamps are carved into the hard outer surface of sections of a calabash. A handle is made by 4-5 raphia-palm splints pressed into the soft part of the stamp and joining their ends together with a cloth rag. The stamps are used with a thick dark goo, obtained from badee tree roots and bark mixed with iron slag.

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