About the Adinkra Collection

Inspired by the visual symbols found largely in West Africa, originally created by the Ashanti, Mary-Jean brings you its debut collection – The Adinkra Collection. A fusion of West African culture and South African craftsmanship, The Adinkra Collection borrows from traditional design to bring you handcrafted pieces that are as meaningful as they are beautiful. Why Adinkra? While Adinkra symbols, extensively used in fabrics and pottery, have a decorative function, it’s the inherent storytelling ability of each symbol that struck a chord with Mary-Jean. Adinkra symbols are as much about patterns as they are about proverbs, as much about composition as they are about concepts – embodying evocative messages that talk to traditional wisdom, aspects of the environment and of life. Each and every Adinkra symbol has a distinct meaning much like each and every MΛRY JEΛN piece has a unique tale to tell, making this West African aesthetic the ideal muse for the first MΛRY JEΛN collection. 

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