The traditional mourning-cloths of Ghanaian people and from Côte d’Ivoire (Ashanti) are named Adinkra. Adinkra means 'saying good-bye’’. The colors and motifs used, form symbols, which channel life and death, present and future and after-death. Adinkra-cloths are still worn after funerals and express the feelings of the mourners for the deceased.

(Detail of a picture from the exhibition-catalogue "Second Funeral, Mourning in Africa, World Museum Rotterdam, 1989)


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