African Adinkra Symbol Cotton Threadwork Wall Art, "Sankofa"
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This handcrafted threadwork wall art from Ernestina Oppong Asante features the sankofa, an adinkra symbol that is understood as "go back to your roots," a message conveyed through the form of a bird with its head turned backward. Adinkra symbols are visual icons that were introduced by the Akan peoples; they usually represent proverbs or concepts. The artisan places the cotton threads one by one as she creates the composition.
Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.
Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.