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Title: Asafo Flags Author: Michelle Peck Williams Last modified by: mpwill Created Date: 11/30/2003 4:23:46 PM Document presentation format: On-screen Show (4:3) – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Textiles of Ghana


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Textiles of Ghana
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Where is Ghana?
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Kente
  • Woven on a loom by Asante people
  • Originally represented wealth
  • Worn for special occasions
  • Symbols colors have meanings

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More Kente Patterns
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Adinkra Cloth
  • Created by Asante people
  • Symbols have spiritual meanings

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  • Represents egocentrism

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  • From the maxim Nea onnim sua a, ohu nea odwen
    se onim dodo no, se ogyae sua a, ketewa no koraa
    a onim no firi ne nsa.
  • Literal translation He who does not know can
    become knowledgeable from learning he who thinks
    he knows and ceases to continue to learn will
    stagnate.

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  • Used for installation of a new leader
  • Sword and gun represent power.

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  • Siamese crocodiles are joined at the stomach.
  • Represents sharing of power (democracy) and
    interdependence of people.

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Queen Mothers Stoolrepresents power
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How Adinkra is made
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The Cloth in Action
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Asafo Flags
  • Military banners for Militia groups
  • Made by Fante people of Ghana
  • Adapted from European flags and may date back to
    first European contact
  • Often illustrate proverbs
  • Often brag or taunt rivals

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  • Posuban shrines (Military headquarters) display
    Asafo flags

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Whats that thing in the corner?
  • British Union Jack was used in the corner when
    Ghana was controlled by Great Britain. Often
    drawn inaccurately.
  • After independence in 1957, Ghanas flag is used.

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Some Examples Meanings
  • "He can fly and penetrate the earth he can go
    wherever he wants to go."

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  • The crab is small, but if it gets inside, it can
    kill an elephant.

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  • The game of Checkers is a metaphor for war.

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  • Three gongs as symbol for the state of alarm.
  • Image of a Posuban-shrine, from which a rainbow
    ascends.
  • Rainbow is a symbol for death, for like the
    rainbow folds itself around someone's neck, so is
    death the fate which threatens us all.

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  • When even our women have been prepared for war,
    what are our men capable of?

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  • We are Lock and Key of the State" we are in
    control of the state.
  • Starlight is seen as light emanating from the
    Gods.

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  • No head weighs as much like the one on the
    scales the losses on your own side always weigh
    the heaviest.

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  • When a deceiving man tells you to climb a tree,
    you have to tell him to climb it first. If he
    finds a comfortable spot you can follow him.
  • When a hen stays too long in a house it becomes
    red (because of dust and earth).

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More information
  • http//www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issue
    s01/aug01/ghana_flags.html

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Your assignmentMake your own Asafo flag
  • Work with one partner.
  • Choose a proverb from the list. Please return the
    proverbs list when you are done.
  • Use simple designs.
  • Draw a rough draft illustration on paper.
  • Create a full-color version using construction
    paper.
  • Include a flag from Ghana, the UK or USA in the
    corner.
  • Write the proverb on the front of your flag in
    big letters.
  • Also write what the proverb means in your OWN
    WORDS.
  • Put both names on it.

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Asafo Flags Exit Slip
  • 1.Choose ONE element of visual art (Line, Color,
    Texture, Shape/Form, Space) and IDENTIFY,
    DESCRIBE EXPLAIN how it is used in your Asafo
    Flag.
  • 2. Choose ONE principle of visual art (Balance,
    Unity, Variety, Contrast, Emphasis) and IDENTIFY,
    DESCRIBE EXPLAIN how it is used in your Asafo
    Flag. Remember principles need a buddy from the
    elements.
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