House of Talents

Aya Adinkra Earrings

$35

Handmade from recycled glass beads, accentuated with the Aya adinkra symbol which is made out of Ashanti Bronze. The symbol is cast using the lost wax method.

Aya symbolizes endurance, boldness and resourcefulness. Traditionally, this will be the symbol worn by someone who has endured much adversity and outlasted many difficulties.

Adinkra (ah’-deen’-krah) is the name of a set of symbols in Akan culture of Ghana, West Africa, which reflect the history, values and aspirations of the people. Adinkra are symbols from West Africa, originally created by the Gyaman people, in what is now the present day country of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in western Africa. The term Adinkra came from the legendary king of the Gyaman, Nani kofi Adinkra, who wore clothes with colorful patterns made up of symbols with special meanings. The symbols are stamped on cloth, carved in architecture and sculpture, painted in homes, shrines and displayed in a variety of other ways. It is ubiquitous in Ghanaian culture.

 

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