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Adinkra

On our trip to Kumasi, the group stopped by an Adinkra making facility in the Ashanti region. Adinkra is a traditional style of print making in Ghana- that uses the bark of trees, turned into a dye by pounding, heating, then straining the liquid. The symbols convey ideas, aspects of life, beliefs, and commentary on the environment. In early times, these symbols served to describe complex ideas in a language with little literary nuance. It was very relaxing and satisfying to watch the print come to fruition on the cloth.

Here is a video of the process.