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Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Asante Chief, Asante artist, Kumase, Ghana, 1995. Photo by Frank Fournier.


This chief paying homage to the Asantehene during the 25th anniversary of his reign is wearing a splendid stamped adinkra cloth with elaborate embroidery. After kente, adinkra is the best-known textile produced by the Asante. In dark red, brown, and black versions the cloth is typically worn at funerals. In brighter colors it is called kwasiada (“Sunday”) adinkra and is worn on festive occasions (Cole and Ross 1977: 44-46).