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Adinkra Textile Unstamped Handwoven Ghana Old African Art

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Title Adinkra Textile Unstamped Handwoven Ghana Old African Art
Type of Object textile
Country of Origin Ghana
People Asante
Materials cotton
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 121 inches x 93 inches
Overall Condition Poor.  Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair General wear, two large tears big rips (can be re-sewn), stains


We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.

Additional Information:  A large Adinkra cotton cloth, handwoven and decorated with multicolor motifs made using cotton threads. This is  probably an ufinished  or a Adinkra-like  cloth without stamps.

 A regular  Adinkra cloth  is made out of cotton and decorated with stamps carved from gourds or calabashes. The stamps are carved from a calabash/gourd so that the design stands out in relief. Cloth stampers will dip the stamp into a small clay bowl with the dye and stamp the cloth which is laid out on the ground pegged at corners to keep it straight and flat. The dye is made from a water soluble dye that is made locally from bark that comes down from the north. Men stamp and weave the cloth and sew it together while women control the making and selling of the dye, sell the cloth to the stampers, then sell the cloth in the market or to family groups. Each stamp is identified with a proverb, popular saying or dictum.


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.