“What I hear, I keep “
Adinkra are the distinct and instantly recognisable motifs and symbols used in Ghanaian culture particularly by the Akan people. They are commonly seen in fabric but also used on pottery, furniture, in architecture and so on. Though extremely beautiful and decorative, each symbol represents various messages, proverbs and concepts.
A brief history
Adinkra cotton cloth was originally produced by the Gyaaman clans of the Brong region and was worn only by royalty and spiritual leaders and used for important ceremonies such as funerals and weddings. Traditionally, adinkra aduru a special ink was used in the printing process. Apparently this is produced by boiling, soaking and beating the bark from the Badie tree. The symbols where then applied to handwoven fabric using stamps. The creation of this type of cloth is believed to have begun as far back as the 17th century. Beautiful!
The site’s mission is to make available high-quality renditions of these African symbols at no cost for personal and non-profit uses. The site was designed to be user-friendly in Africa and anywhere else where slow and erratic internet connections can be a problem.
Please show them some love! There is a wealth of knowledge there.
I am completely and utterly in love with the history, ideas and stories embodied in these symbols. They are a simple and bold representation of history and sometimes complex concepts steeped in the tradition. The bold graphic nature of the motifs also appeal to me. Below are some of my favourites (I lie…I love them all).
Bino and Fino is the wonderful educational Nigerian cartoon show about a brother and sister who live in a modern day city in sub- Saharan Africa. In each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world.The show is for children mainly between the ages of 3 and 6.
It was created to provide more animated children’s content for the kids around the world to enjoy. As a parent, wherever you are in the world it is hard to find genuine, quality African made educational media that show wonderful aspects of African culture to your children. This is especially so when it comes to cartoons which kids are captivated by. Africa is telling its story. Bino and fino will help tell that story to children.
The 1st Bino and Fino TV feature has been broadcast in the UK, South Africa, online for free and screened at festivals to kids and parents. See what some had to say here , here and here. These are some quotes from fans on the show’s Facebook Page.
The show focuses on:
- African History, languages and culture
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Respect, fairness, family
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving and reasoning
- Health and hygiene
- And FUN of course!!
This amazing venture needs your help. They are trying to raise $50,000 on Indiegogo and I urge you to check out their page right here. The wonderful think about contributing to this great scheme is you also get something in return (other than the sheer joy of giving).
Indiegogo Crowdfunder: http://www.indiegogo.com/binoandfino
Our cool tee for the day is from sealmaiden.
The metallic copper feather detail is so elegant which is not a word you would often associate with a tee shirt!
The tee comes in other colour variants.
Check out these and more over in their Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sealmaiden
‘The SeekProject is an avenue for me to make my art visible and to add more art to the world. Its a platform for self initiated and commisioned work, creative independence and growth.The Seekproject is also a path for me to collaborate with other artists and brands that have values and culture similar to mine.’
There is so much power and talent bursting from these pages of The Seek Project I don’t even know where to start. It covers areas such as Print Media, Illustration, Murals, Logos, Apparel and even Footwear and is manned by Karo Akopkiere. I became an instant fan! I was even more excited when I learnt that this unbelieavably talented person was a fellow Nigerian born and bred!
This is a site you go back to again and again because there is always something new to feast your eyes on.