Pempamsie - Sew it for preservation (extract series I)


Pempamsie - Sew it for preservation
100% silk twill scarf (90 x 90 cm)
Color: eerie black/crimson/cadmium green/cosmic cobalt/cyber grape/coral/coquelicot/...

Designed by Yaw Tony
Ref. : 0-2316-FFD41F
Limited edition of 5

Pempamsie means sew and keep or preserve. This literally means to sew and keep something e.g. a cloth, for preservation and readiness for any emergency. This, therefore, means that planning and preparedness are essential in all aspects of life. ‘abosoɔ’ is a long narrow tube-like stripe of cloth normally sewn by mothers or elderly women for the purpose of keeping their valuable or precious jewels and tied around their waist and concealed with a waistcloth. The tube-like stripe is sewn exactly at the middle and the two ends left open to receive the precious objects after which the two ends are tied together at the waist. The appearance of this piece when used almost looks like the symbol ‘Pempamsie’.

Extract from Cultural Symbolism in Asante Traditional Textiles by ABRAHAM EKOW ASMAH

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