Golden Throne

The collection is based on the courageous Queen Mother of the Ashanti Empire Yaa Asantewaa. As Queen Mother she was highly respected and in 1900 she led the war known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism. Her brother the king had been exiled and the British governor-general demanded the Golden Stool, the throne and symbol of Asante sovereignty. With this request she had the stool hidden in the forest and arranged a secret meeting with the remaining members of the Asante Government. Seeing that many men were scared to carry out a plan to attack, Asantewaa denounced the men’s lack of courage and called for the women to rise up: “Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king… Is it true that the bravery of the Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you the men of Asante will not go forward, then we will. We the women will.” Her powerful words challenged the men to fight under her leadership in the historic War of the Golden Stool, the last major war led by an African woman. The war ended with the Ashanti maintaining their de facto independence and the stool was never handed over to the British. Today her story of her courage is taught throughout primary schools in Ghana as an inspiration to young girls. Details of the golden stool, textures from the forest where it was hidden, and architectural forms of the Kumasi fort where the battle took place, are the main design elements of the Golden Throne collection. The pieces are bold and gold plated to represent the traditional jewelry of the region. The power and courage of Yaa Asantewaa can be felt in the unapologetically overpowering pieces of the collection.

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