The Adinkra cloth is the traditional dress of Ashanti people of Ghana. The cloth has unique prints, stamps, and patterns on it. The patterns are unique symbols which represent a story of a fairy tale. Adinkra cloth is an event-specific dress. For some, it is an Ashanti funerary dress.
The cloth is printed with a black dye which is called Adinkra in the local language. Each symbol, sign or picture reveals something about the traditions, history, and culture of Ashanti people. For example, a heart represents that one can always find space and room to improve and perform better. Moon and the stars represent shear faithfulness.
Adinkra cloth looks simple apparently. The only difference between Adinkra and other traditional Ghanaian dresses is the use of Adinkra dye to print a unique structure on to the piece of cloth.
The word Adinkra literally means to be separated or to say Goodbye. The dress is worn by the people of the Ashanti kingdom of Ghana during funeral processions to see off their loved ones in style.
The dress has a symbolic value and is deep-rooted in the tradition and ancestral legacies of Ashanti people.
The Ashanti’s are one of the oldest groups of people to inhabit the former Gold Coast. ‘Fierce fighters’ are one of the major sub-classes of Akan people. They live in the central part of modern-day Ghana. The Ashanti are culturally diverse. They form strong ties with one another. This major west African tribe has its own democratic socio-political setup.
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