This excellent pre-independence Fante Asafo flag from Ghana is a true treasure. A wonderful, highly collectible, decorative art piece that tells of a distinct part of African Colonial history.
Size: 36 x 60"
Stitching: hand stitched
Material: cotton applique/damask
Canton: United Kingdom
Maker: Kweku Kakanu (?)
age: 1930's or 40's
Condition: excellent for age.
*This particular flag is a pre-independence Asafo flag likely dating from the 40's
Asafo flags derive from the militia groups of the Akan people of Ghana; many of whom lived along the coast and traded with Europeans for cloth. Lacking organised military at the time the Fante peoples organised into Asafo ( Sa meaning War and Fo meaning people) units that protected local interests. The Fante culture continues to this day with regular festivals.