Monday, January 13, 2014

Africa 2. Adinkra

Border design from the African chapter in  Learn World Calligraphy, by Margaret Shepherd.  
Adinkra is a symbol system (rather than an alphabet) that represents culturally important ideas with simple designs (above and left).  They are traditionally stamped onto hand-woven cloth. 

These printing blocks are usually carved from the calabash gourd, right.  

In a modern reinterpretation of this traditional craft, these Adinkra symbols were carved into flat beach sand by Andrew van der Merwe.   

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