Ghanaian Threadwork Wall Art, "Adinkra Symbols I"
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Ernestina Oppong Asante shares the wisdom of the legendary Adinkra symbols with this colorful threadwork composition. She reveals the presence of three women holding symbols as she applies one thread at a time. The top one, represented by crossed swords, is Akofena which stands for courage, valor, and heroism. In the middle is Gye Nyame, which proclaims God’s supremacy over all. Sankofa, in the shape of a bird with its head turned to the back, symbolizes the importance of learning from the past. Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire and they represent concepts or aphorisms.
Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.
Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
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Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.