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Adinkra Stamps

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What you need for this ZOOMdo:
  • t-shirt
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • black marker
  • 1/4" craft foam (You can find this at a craft store.)
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • 4-inch cardboard squares
  • Plastic fork or an old plastic comb
  • Black fabric paint
  • Bowl for paint
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper
What you do for this ZOOMdo:

  1. Adinkra is hand-printed fabric made by the Asante people of Ghana, which is a country in West Africa. The Asante use adinkra stamps with different symbols on them to decorate the cloth. Traditionally the stamps are carved out of wood or gourds, but you can make stamps using materials you can find around your house like potatoes, string, Styrofoam meat containers that you get at the grocery store, and craft foam. Adinkra symbols have different meanings. Here are some Adinkra symbols:

  1. Here's how to make a t-shirt decorated with Adinkra stamps made from craft foam:
  2. First, cover your work surface with some newspaper.
  3. Use a ruler to draw a grid on the t-shirt in pencil, and then go over it with a marker.
  4. Now draw a small Adinkra design on your craft foam.
  5. Use the scissors to cut out your design.
  6. Then use double-stick tape to attach your stamp to a four-inch cardboard square.
  7. Use a paintbrush to paint black fabric paint on your stamp.
  8. Now you can stamp your picture inside the grid on your t-shirt. Make some more stamps and create a pattern.
  9. You can also dip a fork or an old comb in the paint and make lines with it.
  10. When you're done, leave your t-shirt to dry.
  11. When your shirt dries, wear it with style!
  12. You can also make designs on paper, skirts, cloth wall hangings, or whatever else you can think of!
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