Adinkra Symbol: What and Why

Adinkra Symbol: What and Why

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At the heart of Talia and Nasya’s brand rests beautiful African symbolism. Full of powerful meanings, these communicators captivated our founder Kate Tisdell. The Adinkra symbols, the centerpiece of our first collection, really became the entry point into this journey. But what are they and why did we base our first collection off of them?

Adinkra originated with the Akan people of West Africa to represent proverbs, philosophies, thoughts, teachings, and principles. Both in the Diaspora and in West Africa today, the elements of the Adinkra system are too often and incorrectly described as “symbols” or “designs” rather than as “communicators” that express complex and intricate cultural values. Over generations, they have evolved into pan-African representations of culture and connection to the continent. Adinkra have been used to teach about African culture, but also learn from African thought. 

Through the discovery of these symbols and its rich meaning, a person can either reflect on where they are in their lives, or who they are striving to be. Adinkra symbols like Sankofa and Gye Nyame have become a staple within the diaspora community, especially in North America. Beyond mere symbols, Adinkra are communicators and offer the exchange of ideas, knowledge, wisdom and philosophy

 Through this first collection, Talia and Nasya will carry on this tradition of learning from African knowledge and culture, and highlight beautiful African symbolisms  to educate and share this robust part of our cultural heritage.