Students will repeat a design with handmade stamps. They will learn about traditional African fabric design, dyeing and decorative stitching. Rather than copy a traditional art form from another culture, students will be inspired by their symbols and techniques and apply those to their own images to make the work personally significant.
Adinkra cloth from Ghana, West Africa, contains symbols that are stamped on the fabric with black dye made from the bark of a badie tree. The stamps have meanings, giving the garment not only a beautiful design, but also a message. These were usually worn for special occasions, such as funerals, and are made from long strips, divided into squares and stamped with designs carved from Calabash. The strips are sewn together with