If you swallow where will you pass and climb.
c. 1930s - 40s
Cotton with hand sewn appliqued figures + embroidered details.
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.
Fish & Crocodile - Hen Afu
Natural wear, tattering and stains from age will be evident in most of our flags.
155 x 83