About this artwork
Although printed textiles proliferate in contemporary Ghanaian fashion, adinkra were the first and only preindustrial printed textile made in West Africa. This Adinkra Wrapper features a variety of motifs that highlight the wearer’s power and status, including symbols that represent royal hairstyles and dwellings. The garment’s white ground indicates that it was made to be worn for celebratory occasions.
Examples of the types of stamps used to print adinkra are also in our collection.
- Currently Off View
- Adinkra Wrapper
- Ghana (Object made in)
- 6 panels joined of factory-produced cotton, plain weave self-patterned by warp and weft floats; embroidered with silk floss and viscose rayon threads in chain stitches
- 335.3 × 289.6 cm (132 × 114 in.)
- African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund; African and Amerindian Curator's Discretionary Fund