DUAFE: Symbol of Beauty, Femininity and Cleanliness

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Wooden Comb

Symbol of Beauty and Cleanliness; Symbols of desirable feminine qualities 

The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene.In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.