Antique Fante Asafo Flag (Saltpond Workshop) - 1940's/50's


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

Proverb: unknown

Workshop: Saltpond

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.