Commissioned by Supi Ebedzedze Anaasa this flag depicts the bentua along with a cup and food in a container.

 

Enemas form an integral part of African traditional medicine usually taken after local foods the procedure is viewed as holistic and was common practice within the community who believe it can cure diseases.

 

Made by Kobina Badowah + sons at the Kormantse workshop.

 

c. 1980s

 

Cotton with hand sewn appliqued figures and embroidered details.

*excess holes/tears throughout due to age + heavy stains due to festival use*

 

 

 

 

 

History of Asafo Flags:

Asafo Flags have an interesting significance and history. 
The Fante people who live along the Ghana coast, traded extensively with Europeans, and were avid buyers  of imported cloth. 
Lacking a standing army, during the 17th century the Fante organized military groups called ‘Asafo’, the name is derived from ‘sa’ meaning war and ‘fo’ meaning people.

The flags are displayed at different social events including annual festivals, ceremonies and funerals.

Simple imagery that is always unique would either depict an historical event, identify the company with an animal or image of power or depict a confrontational proverb to threaten other companies.

 

Patchwork Applique, cut edges to produce fringing, colour, symbolic scenes and mirrored image on both sides are typical of an Asafo Flag, where many carried the Union Jack until Ghana claimed independence in 1957.

Since the 1990’s these flags have become highly collectable outside of  Ghana, they are still made and used today as an important part of communal life in Fante villages.

Asafo Bentua

£500.00Price
  • Natural wear, tattering and stains from age will be evident in most of our flags.

  • 160 x 100