Board of textile samples:
1. Blue and white cloth: Possibly Adjua Afwefwe (a girls name)
2. Yellow and pink cloth possibly called SAMA after the son of one of the chiefs of Bonwere
3. Indigo coloured sample possibly know as Kyemfere (the potsherd) or sometimes Ponko Se (the horses tooth)
4. Green, yellow and red possibly called Ortromo (the bongo)
5. Blue, purple and light blue an white stripes possibly called Twene Bort also sometimes called Ntokosie after one of the weavers wives of old time Ashanti Kings
6. Black and white chequered cloth possible known as Kofi Esono (Kofi- the elephant) and Ashanti celebrity who was given the cloth by king of Ashanti
7. White, maroon, yellow and green possibly called Atabia Bene
8. Blue, maroon, black and yellow possibly called Ebiriti
9. Maroon, black, white and yellow possibly called Atabia (the name of a small envelope)
10. Black, maroon, yellow, white and green stripe possibly called Awakwe Asare after a prince of the Asona clan
11. Blue yellow, green, black and maroon stripes possibly called Amere (a personal name formally only used by king of Ashanti
12. Blue, white, red, green and yellow stripe possibly called Aba Were ( the name of a small bird)- worn by queen mother
13. Dark blue, white, yellow, maroon and light blue possibly called Bansoa (name of small bird said to be very brave)
14. Dark blue, maroon, green, yellow, black and white possibly called Dokoasiri Krofa- formally worn only by the king of Ashanti.
15. Indigo blue, white, yellow and maroon possibly called Ansaku- former king of Akwamu
16. Maroon, white, black yellow, green possibly called Nkwantia Ogye Akore which means ' it is at the small cross roads that the sacrifice is made'
17. White, dark and light blue and maroon possibly called Ntumedie meaning flying sparks from a bush fire
18. Black, white, maroon, yellow, green and black possibly called Atoko which means the enemy
19. Light, blue, yellow, maroon, and black possibly called Hoaasonawo (the blue asona snake)
20. Yellow, maroon and green design possibly called Adweneasa which means ' my ideas have come to an end'
21. Dark blue and white possibly called Nkuruma Bete
22. Yellow, maroon, white, black, light blue, green possibly called Dokoasiri of Nkoasiri only worn by king or queens.
- Found/Acquired: Ghana
- Length: 30.6 centimetres (mounted on board)
- Width: 22 centimetres (mounted on board)
The names of the patterns demonstarted by the samples are continually under deabte.
1995, London, Barbican Art Gallery, The Art of African Textiles
2008-2009 Sep-Apr, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without end
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Fig. 126 (Nos. 1-22) (Rattray number)
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Object reference number: EAF4385
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