Adinkra means "goodbye" or "saying goodbye to someone". Traditionally, Adinkra cloths were made and used exclusively by the royalty and spiritual leaders of the Asante people of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote D'Ivoire for very important, sacred ceremonies and rituals.
 
Adinkra cloths were particularly used during funeral services and in mourning rituals that could last for up to a year beyond the date of bereavement. Traditionally, Adinkra symbols were stamped onto dark brown, dark blue, black or red cloths. These were the colors used to express the grief of the bereaved.
Authentic Traditional Adinkra Cloth
Photo copyright 2003 Asantewaa Thompson