Adinkra symbol Stamping block Ghana Ashanti Art Akan cloth textile BI NKA BI
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Authentic Adinkra stamping block used in Ghana for the stamping of Adinkra cloths.
The height of the stamp including the handle is 3 1/2" ( 90 mm ).
The size of the actual stamping motive is 4 1/8" ( 105 mm ) x 3 1/8" ( 80 mm ).
The block is in very good condition.
This symbol is the BI-NKA-BI - ( Bite not one another ) and is a symbol of Harmony and peace.
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The stamping blocks are carved from Calabash.
The natural dye is made from the bark of the "badie" tree that is heated with iron slag for 3 to 5 days until is thick.
The artist used different stamping blocks ( Adinkra symbols ) to give his design.
A Legend in Ghana says that ADINKRA ( Nana Kofi Adinkra ) was a famous king of GYAMAN ( Now Ivory Coast ) that entered into war with Asantahene BONSU-PANYIN ( Ashanti King ) Adinkra was defeated and captured in a battle.
The tradition had it that Nana Adinkra wore patterned cloth, which was interpreted as a way of expressing his sorrow on being taken to Kumasi the capital of Asante.