Evaluating Creative Works of Adinkra Symbol in Relation to Maslow’s Theory

  • Joseph Osei Fashion Design and Textiles Department, Koforidua Technical University, Ghana
  • Richard Asiedu
  • Sarpong Osei Fashion Design and Textiles Department, Koforidua Technical University, Ghana
Keywords: Creative works; Aesthetic; Jewelry; Philosophy

Abstract

This study employed quantitative method to assess various creative works that utilize Adinkra symbols and find out if the usage
of the symbol is in agreement with Hierarchy of Needs Theory. The objectives of the study are to explore the symbolism of
Adinkra symbols through literature review and to analyse the relationship between the actual philosophical meanings of Adinkra
symbols and the artist’s philosophy behind the use of these symbols. The sampling method used was Stratified sampling and
Random sampling. Sixty (60) creative works were stratified into these strata: Sculpture, Graphic design, Jewelry and Textile
works. Random sampling was also used to sample 15 creative works from the total number of creative works in each stratum.
The data was collected through “Pinterest” (online visual discovery tool). The study found 53% of Adinkra symbols properly
used in relation to the functions of the product. However, 47% of the Adinkra symbols were not in agreement with the Maslow’s
needs. In addition, most of the adinkra symbols used in textiles and jewelry works are basically for aesthetic purposes irrespective
of the meaning of the symbol. The textile products accounted for the highest percentage (55%) of adinkra symbols that do not
conform to Maslow’s Needs.

Published
2022-08-03
How to Cite
Osei , J., Asiedu , R., & Osei , S. (2022). Evaluating Creative Works of Adinkra Symbol in Relation to Maslow’s Theory. International Journal of Technology and Management Research, 7(1), 37-52. https://doi.org/10.47127/ijtmr.v7i1.150