About the Project
Hi, I'm Claude Ayitey, a designer. I started Adinkra Project as a personal to help catalogue Adinkra symbols.
Adinkra are visual symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics and pottery among the Ashantis of Ashanti Kingdom and Baoulés of Cote d’Ivoire. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Adinkra symbols appear on some traditional Akan goldweights. The symbols are also carved on stools for domestic and ritual use. Tourism has led to new departures in the use of the symbols in such items as T-shirts and jewellery.
The Adinkra Project strives to provide a complete catalogue of Adinkra symbols, presented in a consistent and well-designed layout, for educational, aesthetic, and cultural usefulness.
As a Ghanaian, I appreciate the role culture and tradition play in our society, and Adinkra symbols have long been a part of our culture. They are literally found everywhere, even in hotel artefacts; coupled with proverbs and folktales. This project was meant to present these cultural symbols that have been a part of our culture for several centuries, into a modern, beautiful (re)presentation. I had the idea in July 2017, and launched the first version September 2018. Truly, this is one of the projects that took quite a time to compile even a minimum viable version of 89 symbols — there are more to be added.
If you find any symbols that have not been captured on here, please submit details of them to email@example.com so I can further probe and add them.
I wrote a detailed post about the journey through this project, and some considerations I made to arrive at some of the decisions. Read the backstory on my website. You'll also find other projects I have worked on.
I’m delighted to present the Adinkra Project website to you.