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The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work Here: Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana

Boatema Boateng


In Ghana, adinkra and kente textiles derive their significance from their association with both Asante and Ghanaian cultural nationalism. Adinkra, made by stenciling patterns with black dye, and kente, a type of strip weaving, each convey, through color, style, and adornment, the bearer’s identity, social status, and even emotional state. Yet both textiles have been widely mass-produced outside Ghana, particularly in East Asia, without any compensation to the originators of the designs. This book focuses on the appropriation and protection of adinkra and kente cloth in order to examine the bro ... More

Keywords: Ghana, adinkra textiles, kente textiles, East Asia, indigenous practices, decolonization, globalization, African culture, global markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670024
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boatema Boateng, author