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I found a great site for West African "Adinkra symbols" and their meanings. You can browse the index to see all the symbols, or use the search field to find icons related to "love" (the site's most popular search term), for example, or "death", which, quite interestingly, is in the form of a ladder.

Read about how Adinkra cloth is made and see some examples at the wonderful Adire, and learn more at the University of Denver's Adinkra page of its "Social Fabric" exhibit.

Not Adinkra, but maybe a little reminiscent of stamp/fabric patterns are some nice little backgrounds I made last night (whilst staying up much, much too late - like "here comes the sun"-late).

Posted by taz on July 20, 2004 at 03:01 AM in Art, Patterns, Textiles | Permalink

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Nice tiles... and they've started the next "cm" folder :)

Posted by: Anne | Jul 20, 2004 9:34:14 AM

Hiya
The adinkra symbols are Ghanaian which is where i'm from. Found your blog via Wendelwitt. I like your blog, its clean and fresh and your backgrounds are awesome!
(Oh and in case you're a Mofite (monkeyfilter) i'm registered as Ramix)

Posted by: bubu | Jul 20, 2004 1:20:42 PM

Anne, you might be the only person in the world who has as many "cm" folders as I do!

bubu, I'm so glad you found your way here! Actually, I am a Mofite, though I don't ever find the time to hang out very much. In fact, I even put together the little monkey logo for tracicle when Monkeyfilter first started up. I never thought it would last this long!

Posted by: taz | Jul 21, 2004 7:19:50 AM

um. The logo, that is - not the site. eep.

Posted by: taz | Jul 23, 2004 10:27:20 AM

Aha! Sorry, was googling. I love your logo far too much to get rid of it. :)

Posted by: tracy | Aug 26, 2004 1:57:20 AM