Duafe + Chintemani

The Duafe (‘wooden comb’) is the Adinkra symbol of beauty and femininity. Adinkra symbols originate in West Africa and have been used in African visual arts since the 12th century.

The ‘evil eye’ integrated into the pattern is traditionally used in Turkish decorative arts to bring good luck and protection. In the other variation of this design, the chintemani circles are integrated into the pattern and represent power, force and courage in Turkish decorative arts. Their roots lie in Asia, where they symbolize the three virtues of the Buddha.