This adinkra cloth was commissioned by the museum in 1974 from the Cultural Center in Kumasi, Ghana. It was intended to show the variety of traditional designs. Historically Asante royalty wore adinkra, large wrappers with stamped patterns, only during periods of mourning. Though still worn in times of grief, adinkra cloths recently have become increasingly fashionable at social festivities and nonfunerary functions. This maroon color however is still used only for mourning. Another modern innovation is the use of multicolored embroidery to cover the seams connecting the strips of cloth..
The artist produced the pattern on this adinkra by first drawing the border and cross lines with a tool resembling a comb, creating a grid of rectangular fields. In each rectangle and along the borders of the grid, the artist stamped a single symbol or group of symbols primarily associated with leadership and moral values. Stamps were made of dried gourd, cut and shaped to produce the desired symbol.