Thursday, September 15, 2011


"wooden comb"
I will use this symbol (and variations) quite often here on this blog, so if you are not familiar with its meaning, here's the definition.

Duafe: Adinkra symbol of beauty and cleanliness; love and care, looking one's best. The duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman who used the comb to plait her hair.

Adinkra Symbology
The Origin and Meaning of Adinkra Symbols

Adinkra is a cotton cloth produced in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire which has traditional Akan symbols stamped upon it. The Adinkra symbols represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behavior related to depicted figures. It is one of several traditional cloths produced in the region – the other well known cloths being kente and adanudo.

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