Adinkra Symbols

Adinkra symbols are an ancient Asante writing system, identified by the decorative, graphic forms making up each symbol. There are said to be over 100 Adinkra symbols in existence, each based on wise teachings, proverbs and folk stories that have been handed down through the generations and added to over time. Adinkra symbols served to express the connection between the verbal and the visual in Akan culture. Once sacred, their origins are steeped in history with legend speaking of two warring Kings involving the Golden Stool. Read More

Ankara prints

Ankara also known as African Wax, Dutch Wax, Chitenge, and Kitenge is one of the most popular African fabrics. Although the cloth's origins can be traced to Indonesia, it has become a part of the African way of life and is most popularly worn in western and southern African countries. The colorful and vibrant prints are industrially produced on 100% cotton cloth using batik-inspired printing methods. Mainly clothing for celebrations is made out of this fabric. Often, the prints carry hidden messages. Read More

Textile pattern by Constance Girard for Vlisco

Textile pattern by Constance Girard for Vlisco


mud cloth

Mud Cloth, also known as bògòlanfini and bogolan is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. Mud Cloth patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events (such as a famous battle between a Malian warrior and the French), crocodiles (significant in Bambara mythology) or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs. The cloth has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Read more.