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Use Crayola® MiniStampers and Markers to create patterned designs similar to traditional Ashanti Adinkra cloth.
Students research information about African Adinkra cloth, in which cultural symbols are stamped on rectangular pieces of fabric with multiple, linear outlines on all borders. Adinkra cloth designs symbolize concepts, proverbs, events, people, and familiar objects in Ashanti culture. These rectangles are sewn together with bright threads to make garments and robes worn for ceremonial events.
Provide students with Crayola Scissors and a piece of white or light construction paper. Cut the paper to a 6- by 9-inch (16 by 23 cm). Students use a Crayola Fine Tip Washable Marker and ruler to make three or four borderlines on the outside of the paper.
Students use Crayola MiniStampers and markers to portray popular, contemporary designs. Encourage the selection of designs with personal meaning. Fill the rectangle with creative patterns. Add thin marker lines to enhance the pattern.
With markers on the back of the paper, students write an explanation of the personal significance of design choices. Assist students with writing, as needed.
Use Crayola School Glue to attach everyone's rectangles together on colorful ribbons. Display the class "Signs of the Times," which are similar to Adinkra cloth in concepts and designs.
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