The Talking Cloth 3


HPIM2560.JPG, originally uploaded by TheArtGuy.

A while ago Aaron (The Art Guy, an art teacher from from the USA) made a comment on another post about a Talking Cloth. He said:
“Very nice! I’ve done lots of pattern lessons myself, especially because 3rd graders in my district read a story called The Talking Cloth by Rhonda Mitchell. The talking cloth in the book is actually a type of cloth called adinkra, which is covered in stamps that represent different things. Adinkra is a tradition that comes from Ghana, which also makes it a good lesson for Black History Month since some of my students are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants from Ghana.”
I just had to ask him when he posted this to Flickr if this was the Talking Cloth he meant. His reply:
“As a matter of fact, it is! :)”
I’ve been looking for a copy of the book he mentioned and finally found it on Amazon(see link above. Looks good – must treat myself 🙂


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3 thoughts on “The Talking Cloth

  • lmhartley

    I take your point about the lack of African symbols, it could be seen as a lost opportunity. Still I don’t think it tells us anything about the QCA as the display is from the USA. I need to be more careful when I blog to remember to post the geographic origins of the display.

  • eshuneutics

    An interesting display from a pattern angle. But, if this is supposed to have connections to Black History and anti-racism, why are there no actual African symbols? Isn’t this an opportunity lost? In what sense do these symbols “talk” or make any kind of artistic or anti-racist statement. Adinkra symbols are highly suggestive–carry their own ideas about education from an African perspective. To me, this exemplifies the whole intellectual weakness in the QCA art guide and its failure to talk about art and world culture at a deep level.