Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning

Below are the meanings of Adinkra symbols that you may find on Kente Cloths. These are different from Kente Cloth Weave Patterns & Meaning

adin_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ADINKRAHENE

 

“chief of adinkra symbols”

 

greatness, charisma, leadership

akob_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AKOBEN

 

“war horn”

 

vigilance, wariness

akofena_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AKOFENA

 

“sword of war”

 

courage, valor

akok_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AKOKONAN

 

“the leg of a hen”

 

mercy, nurturing

akom_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AKOMA

 

“the heart”

 

patience & tolerance

akon_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AKOMA NTOSO

 

“linked hearts”

 

understanding, agreement

anan_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ANANSE NTONTAN

 

“spider’s web”

 

wisdom, creativity

asas_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ASASE YE DURU

 

“the Earth has weight”

 

divinity of Mother Earth

aya_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

AYA

 

“fern”

 

endurance, resourcefulness

bese_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

BESE SAKA

 

“sack of cola nuts”

 

affluence, abundance, unity

bink_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

BI NKA BI

 

“no one should bite the other”

 

peace, harmony

boam_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

BOA ME NA

ME MMOA WO

 

“help me and let me help you”

 

cooperation, interdependence

dame_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

DAME-DAME

 

name of a board game

 

intelligence, ingenuity

denk_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

DENKYEM

 

“crocodile”

 

adaptability

duafe_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

DUAFE

 

“wooden comb”

 

beauty, hygiene, feminine qualities

dwen_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

DWENNIMMEN

 

“ram’s horns”

 

humility and strength

eban_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

EBAN

 

“fence”

 

love, safety, security

epa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

EPA

 

“handcuffs”

 

law, justice, slavery

esen_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ESE NE TEKREMA

 

“the teeth and the tongue”

 

friendship, interdependence

fawo_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

FAWOHODIE

 

“independence”

 

independence, freedom, emancipation

fiha_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

FIHANKRA

 

“house/compound”

 

security, safety

fofo_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

FOFO

 

“a yellow-flowered plant”

 

jealousy, envy

funt_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

FUNTUNFUNEFU

DENKYEMFUNEFU

 

“siamese crocodiles”

 

democracy, unity in diversity

gyen_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

GYE NYAME

 

“except for God”

 

supremacy of God

hwem_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

HWEMUDUA

 

“measuring stick”

 

examination, quality control

hyew_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

HYE WONHYE

 

“that which cannot be burnt”

 

imperishability, endurance

ketepa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

KETE PA

 

“good bed”

 

good marriage

kint_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

KINTINKANTAN

 

“puffed up extravagance”

 

arrogance, extravagance

kwat_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

KWATAKYE ATIKO

 

“hairstyle of Kwatakye, a war hero”

 

bravery, valor

mate_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MATE MASIE

 

“what I hear, I keep”

 

wisdom, knowledge, prudence

mewarewo_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ME WARE WO

 

“I shall marry you”

 

commitment, perseverance

mfra_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MFRAMADAN

 

“wind-resistant house”

 

fortitude, preparedness

mmeredane_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MMERE DANE

 

“time changes”

 

change, life’s dynamics

mmus_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MMUSUYIDEE

 

“that which removes ill luck”

 

good fortune, sanctity

mpat_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MPATAPO

 

“knot of reconciliation”

 

peacemaking, reconciliation

mpua_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

MPUANNUM

 

“five tufts” (of hair)

 

priestly office, loyalty, adroitness

neao_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU

 

“he who does not know can know from learning”

 

knowledge, life-long education

neaope_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NEA OPE SE OBEDI HENE

 

“he who wants to be king”

 

service, leadership

nkon_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NKONSONKONSON

 

“chain links”

 

unity, human relations

nyamedua_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYAME DUA

 

“tree of god”

 

God’s protection and presence

nkyimu_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NKYIMU

 

the crossed divisions made on adinkra cloth before printing

 

skillfulness, precision

nkyi_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NKYINKYIM

 

“twistings”

 

initiative, dynamism, versatility

nsaa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NSAA

 

type of hand-woven cloth

 

excellence, genuineness, authenticity

nsor_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NSOROMMA

 

“child of the heavens”

 

guardianship

nyabi_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYAME BIRIBI

WO SORO

 

“God is in the heavens”

 

hope

nyawu_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYAME NNWU

NA MAWU

 

“God never dies, therefore I cannot die”

 

life after death

nyame-nti_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYAME NTI

 

“by God’s grace”

 

faith & trust in God

nyameohene_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYAME YE OHENE

 

“God is King”

 

majesty and supremacy of God

nyan_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

NYANSAPO

 

“wisdom knot”

 

wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience

odon_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ODO NNYEW

FIE KWAN

 

“love never loses its way home”

 

power of love

okodee_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

OKODEE MMOWERE

 

“talons of the eagle”

 

bravery, strength

onyan_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

ONYANKOPON ADOM NTI BIRIBIARA BEYE YIE

 

“By God’s grace, all will be well”

 

hope, providence, faith

osra_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

OSRAM NE NSOROMMA

 

“the moon and the star”

 

love, faithfulness, harmony

 
owof_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

OWO FORO ADOBE

 

“snake climbing the raffia tree”

 

steadfastness, prudence, diligence

owuo-atwedee_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

OWUO ATWEDEE

 

“the ladder of death”

 

mortality

pemp_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

PEMPAMSIE

 

“sew in readiness”

 

readiness, steadfastness

sank_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

SANKOFA

 

“return and get it”

 

learn from the past

sank2_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

SANKOFA

 

(alternate version)

  
sesa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

SESA WO SUBAN

 

“I change or transform my life”

 

transformation

tamf_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

TAMFO BEBRE

 

“the enemy will stew in his own juice”

 

jealousy

wawa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

WAWA ABA

 

“seed of the wawa tree”

 

hardiness, toughness, perseverance

wofo_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

WOFORO DUA PA A

 

“when you climb a good tree”

 

support, cooperation

wonsa_med Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning 

WO NSA DA MU A

 

“if your hands are in the dish”

 

democracy, pluralism

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5 Responses to Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning

  1. Elizabeth eshun

    can i pls get some cloth designs of adinkra???

  2. kwabens Owusu

    I am so proud to an African. Ghanaian for that matter.
    The extended version of asante history is yet to be told.
    God bless you for this piece but powerful stuff.

  3. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MUCH NEEDED INFO.

  4. Giavanna Cipolloni

    I think this is really cool and I can’t wait to learn it !

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