Adinkra is the traditional funeral cloth of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
This is an affordable, well-preserved fragment of a whole Adinkra cloth and is at least 30 years old.
Whole cloths are very large - typically 3 or more metres square - and increasingly rare and expensive.
Adinkra cloths are made up of strips sewn together with a colourful, decorative stitch. Adinkra artists use calabash stamps to apply Adinkra symbols to the cloth using a black pigment derived from a tree bark.
Every Adinkra symbol has a name and a mythical meaning based on an Ashanti proverb.
Handpainted in the Ashanti region of Ghana. 100% cotton.