nkyinkyim

The Adinkra are a collection of symbols originating from the Gyaman people of Ghana and la Côte d'Ivoire. They are saturated with meaning, carrying historical and philosophical significance. Here, Nkyinkyim ('twisting') suggests the unpredictability of life's journey, and is a reminder to stay strong through the unknown. The three smaller symbols are of Nsaa, the literal name for a type of woven cloth but also indicating excellence, quality of workmanship. Nsaa is a sign of the complicit understanding between the artist and the viewer of the effort, craftmanship and thoughtfulness in the creation of woven cloth.

                         

doubleweave | wool | 23 x 53 cm

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