BOOKS / Ghanaian patchwork

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The Independent Culture
'When a big ship is wrecked, everyone on board suffers': the Fante people of Ghana have no written culture, but their proverbs are embroidered on patchwork flags which marry European art forms (not least the Union Jack) with displays of local warrior pride. Examples from 120 years of their vivacious artwork have been gathered by Peter Adler and Nicholas Barnard for their splendidly colourful Asafo] African Flags of the Fante (Thames & Hudson pounds 12.95)

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