Adinkra Cloth


Create a beautiful West African Adinkra Cloth and learn about the culture of the Ashanti people. Get bold results with Crayola® Colored Pencils and Watercolor Paints.


1. Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric made in Ghana, which is located in West Africa. They are cloths made by the Ashanti people that tell stories or express thoughts and feelings. There are many Adinkra symbols and each of them has different meanings. Use books or the internet for a list of Adinkra symbols and their meanings.

2. On a piece of Crayola Marker & Watercolor paper, use a ruler and a Crayola Colored Pencil to draw a decorative border around the paper. Draw lines to create four boxes.

3. Choose an Adinkra symbol and draw it with a Colored Pencil in one of the boxes in a repetitive pattern. Do the same with a different symbol in each box.

4. Finish the Adinkra cloth by painting over the colored pencil symbols and lines with Crayola Watercolor Paint and Brushes. Combine several watercolor colors when painting the background.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.


  • Students create a story using Adinkra symbols.
  • Students read stories about Anasai the spider and create their own adventure story starring the popular character.
  • Students make a cloth using Fabric Markers or hand-made stamps and paint.
  • Special needs students may need assistance with using a ruler to draw straight lines and making repetitive patterns.
  • Assessment: Students accurately reproduce Adinkra symbols and create a colored pencil and watercolor paint composition.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Marker & Watercolor Pad
  • Washable Watercolors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • ruler
  • painting shirt



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students learn about the culture of the Ashanti people of Ghana in West Africa.

  • Students research the traditions of the Adinkra Cloth, Adinkra symbols, and their meanings.

  • Students use watercolor painting and colored pencil resist techniques.


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