Adinkra symbols are sacred designs and images that ascend from the ancient Akan Empire of Ghana, West Africa. The powerful symbols of the Adinkra system and their definitions vary widely and apply to virtually all aspects of social living. To this day all are very significant and held in high esteem, by Africans aware of their importance and significance. These pieces were on exhibition at The Museum of African American History in Detroit, March 2000.  

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These techniques long-learned in Vanderwalker’s experience at the Stadt Universitat in Bamberg, Germany were further honed in silk painting for Trinidad-born fashion designer, Sharonne Mitchell. Lee was key fabric designer for “Fashion and the Symbols of Adinkra” a silk fashion collection that premiered at the Embassy of Ghanna in Washington DC, June 1998. Kroll’s next project with Mitchell premiered in November 1999 at “We Wear the Mask” fashion and dance extravaganza in Detroit, Michigan. Kroll set out to paint the town with giant African masks that came alive on silk. Mitchell took Kroll’s paintings and appliquéd them to the backs of her one-of-a kind winter coats in wool and cashmere. Evening gowns, framed silk original art from the Adinkra collection and hand-painted silk coats from "We Wear the Mask" collection were on exhibition at The Museum of African American History in Detroit, March 2000 in an exhibition titled "Life Affirming Energy of Wearable Art"

About the artwork: original artwork is hand-painted silk using the French serti technique of painting by Lee Vanderwalker.  Each print is pulled by the artist.

Open Edition 5 x 7 prints in 8 x 10 black mats are available for $15 U.S. plus shipping.

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War Horn

Hair Style of Kwatakye, a war hero


Symbol of call to action, readiness and voluntarism Symbol of bravery, valor, a brave person or a valiant man Symbol of toughness, adaptability, selflessness devotion to service and an ability to withstand hardships and difficulties
Horn of the Ram Two-headed Crocodile with Common Stomach

Seeds of the Wawa Tree

Strength in mind, body and soul, humility, wisdom and learning Symbol of unity in diversity, democracy or the oneness of the human family despite cultural differences and diversities Symbol of hardiness, toughness and perseverance
Except God or Tis Only God The Butterfly The Fern

Symbol of omnipotence, omnipresence and imortality of God. "Except God, I fear none" Symbol of tenderness, gentleness, honesty and fragileness Symbol of endurance, independence, hardiness, perseverance and resourcefulness

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