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Adinkra means "goodbye"

brief introduction of adinkra for 1st graders. http://www.pbs.org/wonders/Kids/cloth/cloth.htm
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Sarah Smith

on 27 January 2013

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Transcript of Adinkra means "goodbye"

Ghana Kansas City, Kansas Adinkra (ah-DEEN-krah) cloth is a hand-printed fabric made in Ghana. Adinkra is similar to "goodbye" in the Ashanti language. The Ashanti people of Ghana make Adinkra cloths. Adinkra used to be so valuable, only royalty - kings and queens - could wear it! Step 3: Make the stamps
Next, they carve symbols into calabash gourds. Adinkra cloth is stamped and patterned with traditional Ashanti symbols. Each symbol has its own meaning. Step 2: Make the dye
Artists decorate the cloth using a black dye made of bark. The dye is called Adinkera aduru. Making Adinkra is a tradition in Ghana. Adinkra has been made the same way for a very long time.

Do you think there is an easier way to make Adinkra? Why do you think artists keep making it the same way? Compare a Native American weaving with
an Adinkra cloth from Ghana. How are
they different? How are they the same? Nobody knows exactly how long Adinkra has been made, but this piece of cloth is from 1817 and is the oldest Adinkra cloth we know about. (It is almost 200 years old!) Through the years, people have decorated the cloths to tell a story or to express their thoughts or feelings. Now anybody can wear it! Step 1: Weave the cloth
First, the cloth is made by a weaver. Step 4: Print a grid
Using the dye, they draw lines on the cloth to divide it into a grid. Step 5: Stamp patterns
Next, the artists press the stamp into the dye, and stamp patterns onto the fabric with the symbols.
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