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"Fighting Words: Proverbs in Asafo Flags of Ghana"
2001-05-25 until 2001-08-12
Textile Museum
Washington, DC, USA

Exploring the oral traditions of the Fante culture, Fighting Words will feature asafo flags recently given to The Textile Museum, as well as other examples from private and public holdings.

Distinguished by lively pictoral renderings of local proverbs, asafo flags are one way the Fante people of coastal Ghana manifest their rich oral traditions. Originally born to the service of war, the flags, which are constructed in beguiling, simple appliqué forms, incorporate the wisdom of proverbs and oral history.


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