In the Classroom: The Talking Cloth

Anne Phillips brought reading to life when she visited Burnsville Elementary School’s third grade classroom.  Twenty students discussed “The Talking Cloth” by Rhonda Mitchell; a story about West African culture centered around an adinkra cloth from Ghana.  Traditional adinkra cloths are stamped with Ashanti patterns and symbols that tell stories.  Each student created their own personal symbol and repeated it in crayon in four squares on an 8×8 piece of sand paper.  The students ironed their sandpaper onto a piece of muslin, transferring their image as a result of the wax melting.  The finished product is a beautiful classroom adinkra cloth on display in the hall.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard

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