Adinkra Ink

June 11, 2016

We visited a community in Ghana that specialized in making Adinkra Ink. The ink for Adinkra stamping is made from the bark of the Badie tree (Bridelia Ferrungia). First the bark is shaved off. The ink producer soaks the bark in water for one day and then pounds it in order to soften it. The softened bark is boiled for two days, producing a thick black ink called adinkra aduru.

Once we watched the process of adinkra ink, we stamped the ink on a piece of cloth. We picked our own symbols, which have various meanings. After it dried, we got to take home the cloth!

 

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