Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Nana Diko Pim III, Ejisu, Asante, Ghana, 1976. Photo by Doran H. Ross. Detail view.

He wears a oyokoman adweneasa (strip-woven kente cloth). The first name refers to the red, green, and gold warp pattern named for the Oyoko clan of the Asantehene. The second name refers to the widely varied weft faced motifs covering the entire surface of the cloth. This name is usually translated as “my skill is exhausted,” or “my ideas are finished.” The herringbone patterns identify this as the rarest of all Asante cloths (asasia). It was woven on six heddles instead of the usual four and was produced by a single family of weavers from the Asante village of Bonwire.