Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time


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Gus Casely-Hayford traces the history of Asafo Flags, unique textiles from Ghana. He draws upon his own personal and historical perspectives to help us understand the lasting relevance of these cultural artefacts.

Featuring national symbols alongside local motifs, Asafo Flags conjure a vibrant past. Whilst flagging familial identity, they also served to signal existing military allegiances with arriving European forces in the 16th century. In ‘a glorious defiance against time’, these flags provide ‘a visual metaphor for what community could mean.’

Cite this page as: HENI Talks, "Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time," in Smarthistory, June 17, 2018, accessed March 27, 2023,