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>From an article in the Ghana Newa,entitled "Making an "Adinkrah" Cloth",
suggested other possible origins,one theory being that in ancient Ghana
the kings of Ashanti, Denkyira, and Tekyiman wore adinkra which their
guild of designers were the first to design. Another possibility was
that King Adinkra actually wore Adinkra cloth during a battle in which
he lost his life,and the cloth was taken as a trophy after he was slain.
"Adwinkena" means the art of designing cloth,and the term "adinkra" is
thought to be a corruption of that word.
The "adinkra" designs were originally used to decorate funerary
cloths,but such cloths are now used for many different occasions.
Your welcome regardless, However in the future if you ask someone for
something ,remember they are sharing with you something they have.I
think putting them down is not the way to go. Also we never made place
mats. We made long banners out of cloth. We also made large sheets
they could take home and do what they wanted with. after all I think the
product is not more important than the process. If one child even
remembers a little of the culture or History you may have taught them
what does it matter what sort of project they did.
It also seems people are stuck with the idea that "Africa" is a place
that Tarzan Lives and hasn't modernized since Hollywood has gotten
hold of it.
> Somehow printing in colorful paints to make place mats doesn't make it for
> me or multiculturalism.
> Sincerely, Louise