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Here is the meaning behind some of your most favorite African print fabrics

July 07, 2019 at 07:00 am | Fashion Finds

Etsey Atisu

Etsey Atisu | Staff Writer

July 07, 2019 at 07:00 am | Fashion Finds

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‘Abankawa’

This literally means ‘government’s ring’. This cloth serves as a reminder to people about the laws and the punishment of offenders.

The symbol or motif is a pair of metal rings or chain joined by a fastening around the wrist of a prisoner. Traditionally, ring symbolizes honour and dignity however this ring is meant to dishonour people who offend the law, serving as a warning to offenders. The design reminds people of law and justice.

Agbo however presents a different interpretation of the symbol and notes in his study on values of Adinkra and Agama symbols that it is a symbol of relationship and unity.

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