Adanwomase

Adanwomase 


is a town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana located in Kwabre East District.It is about 17 miles northeast of Kumasi. The town is known for the Adanwomase Secondary School. The school is a second cycle institution. It is also well known for the traditional Kente_cloth weaving.Although there are a variety of oral histories concerning the origins of Kente Cloth, historians and scholars agree that Kente Cloth production is an extension of centuries of strip-weaving in West Africa. Strip-weaving has existed in West Africa since the 11th century. Most scholars believe that the art form was developed in present-day Mali and spread throughout West Africa through trade and migration.


In 1697, the Ashanti King, desiring hand-woven cloth, commissioned one of his sub-chiefs, the Akyimpimhene, to send people from the towns of Adanwomase, Asotwe, Bonwire, and Wonoo to study strip-weaving in Bontuku, a small village in present-day Ivory Coast. When they returned, the apprentices were given swatches of fabric with specific patterns on them that they were told to study and be able to recreate on demand. These patterns were called Sesea and are considered to be the first examples of true Ashanti Kente Cloth. The original centuries-old Sesea swatches are to this day kept in the Kente Chief’s house in Adanwomase.

Since the first apprentices returned from Bontuku, Adanwomase has been the royal weaving village for the Ashanti King. The apprentices spread the art of Kente-weaving to their friends and families and in the process added their own designs and colors, creating the cloth that today is recognized worldwide as Ashanti Kente.

To this day, Adanwomase carries on the centuries-old Kente-weaving tradition. Under the guidance of the Kente Chief, Adanwomase weavers continue to weave cloths for the Ashanti King, royals, and anyone in the world who appreciates the history and cultural significance woven into Ashanti Kente.The town had its name form the Adanwo tree. The name Adanwomase means under the Adanwo tree in Asante Twi dialect.....more







History of Adanwomase


Like the founding of many of the Asante towns and villages which often began as hunter’s huts, camps or bases where hunters treated their exploits, the hut or camp which is present – day Adanwomase might have been first settled by the Ekuona and Oyoko clans or tribes from Adanse Ayaase possibly around the year 1700.


One Ntiamoa Panin with his three sisters Akyaa Benkum (being the eldest of the three sisters) Amma Afisaah and Abena Frimpomma arrived in Kumsi. They fell on one Nana Darko Mprah, a linguist of the late Nana Osei Tutu, the Asantehene, at that time. Nana Darko Mprah led them to see Otumfour and after they had greeted him and had put the purpose of their visit to him, Otumfour handed them over to one Nana Owusu Afriyie, his son and who was the then Akyempimhene, to settle them because they carried a message that they had come to be helped to get a place to settle.

On receiving them, Akyempimhene enquired from them where they had come from. On being told that they had come from Adanse Ayaase, Akyempimhene quickly called to mind one man in
the person of kokoo Boakye, one of his father’s hunters and whose hunting grounds were beyond Sakora Worae, also of having come from the same place or town with them. He asked them if they ever knew him which they confirmed their knowledge of him except that he belonged to the Oyoko clan or tribe while they belonged to the Ekuona. Akyempimhene told them he would take them to him and stay with them at the palace he had built his hut so that they would be one people and be his ( Akyempimhene) people too. This has continued up to this present day. Kokoo Boakye had built a hut under a big ‘danwoma’ tree on an upper land few distance from Bommohwe stream where he treated his hunting exploits before taking them to the palace in Kumasi. He had made the place a home where he enjoyed life. It is said that the then Juabenhene became dissatisfied with him and at one stage confiscated all the meat because he saw no reason why kokoo Boakye stayed and operated on his stool land but was not given a share in the booty that came out from the operations. The then Juaben thought that Kokoo Boakye hunted for Akyempimhene alone not knowing that part of the exploits went to Asantehene. This land dispute and Juabenhene’s dissatisfaction existed for a long time until in 1916 when one Mr. Fuller, the then Ashanti Regional commissioner, stepped in and finally set up the land boundaries separating the two towns. Mr. Fuller used Rivers Oda, Pako, Bommohye, Amatwoa, Opuni, Ntiaa and Afiasu.
At places where rivers as natural boundaries were not available he would use pillars, especially between Adanwomse and Safo, Adanwomase and Bonwire.

Kokoo Boakye named his hut ‘Danwomase’. 



The prefix ‘A’ was later added to bring out what actually went on under the ‘danwomase’ tree. ‘Ada’- have slept. ‘Ada danwoma ase’ was simplified to become Adanwomase. Under the ‘danwomase’ tree was their first resting or sleeping place before the forest was hewed down to expand the settlement.


Tribal wars at that often created fears and uncertainties and made people always be on the move to seek security elsewhere. These reasons and others brought other clans or tribes to join the settlers. Ntiamoah Panin was made the leader of the settle and his Ekuona family has since his time been the royals and chiefs of the town. Their chronology as chiefs follows: -

  • 1. Nana Ntiamoah Panin
  • 2. Nana Antwi
  • 3. Nana Kwadwo Tiah
  • 4. Nana Nkansa
  • 5. Nana Afriyie
  • 6. Nana Okyei
  • 7. Nana Opoku
  • 8. Nana Fosu
  • 9. Nana Antwi ( from Akyaa Benkum’s line. From 1964 to date)




Adanwomase Location


Adanwomase is a traditional Asante Kente Cloth weaving town of about 5000 residents in the Northeast part of the Kwabre District , Ashanti Region. It is located six km east of Ntonso on Kumasi _ Mampong road. From the Accra _ Kumasi road, Adanwomase is 12 km northeast of Ejisu.


The visitor Centre is a short downhill walk from the main taxi station at Adanwomase.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM KUMASI

Board an Adanwomase tro -tro at the G line of Kumasi's Kejetia Station. The last stop is the Adanwomase taxi station.




PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM ACCRA

When you reach Ejisu, turn left and drive 3 km. Turn at Bonwire then take the first left. Follow signboards to Adanwomase(3km)





PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM ACCRA

Take a Kumasi vehicle, and drop at Ejisu. From the taxi station, take Bonwire car. From Bonwire, take an Adanwomase car. Alternatively stop at Ejisu and hire a taxi to take you directly to Adanwomase.(approximately 12km)



PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM KUMASI


Drive approximately 19 km north on the Mampong Road. Turn right at Asonomaso Nkwanta and travel 5. 5 km east (stay right) to Adanwomase.