Images of Commemorative Fabrics from Africa
Commemorative Fabrics from Africa is a collection of machine-made commemorative textiles from various African countries. This collection provides researchers access to digitized fabrics that are printed with images and text documenting events and individuals of historical, political, religious, economic, educational, and sociological significance to African societies. Throughout the continent, fabric serves multiple functions in people's daily lives. It is used for clothing, shelter, storage, and packing material. The type of African fabric found in this collection also serves as a communication device. When used as a textual and visual document, the fabric becomes a vehicle to commemorate an event or to celebrate a person's life or achievement. One does not need to know how to read in order to understand the messages found in these textiles. In societies where a large portion of the population cannot read, the visual elements enable everyone to share in the reception and transmission of the message that is being conveyed. In this way, the fabric also serves to preserve historical narratives that are important to the community. The pieces in this collection were graciously donated by UW faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other individuals outside the UW.
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Cloth promoting the Catholic Women Organization of Nigeria. The center of the cloth features a portrait of Mary and baby Jesus, with a banner beneath proclaiming: Through Mary our Mother …
This fabric was designed to commemorate the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO, Frente de Libertação de Moçambique). The pattern is largely red, green and black – the colors of the Mozambican …
Fabric commemorating the centenary of the birth of Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. Featured in the center is a portrait of Nkrumah. The portrait and the border displays …
This fabric commemorates graduation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On a pink background decorated with blue and yellow mortarboards, the central emblem of this fabric features four graduates in …
This fabric has an abstract blue pattern that features blue and orange diamond shapes. The smaller diamond shapes contain an outline of the country of Mali. The capital, Bamako, is …
Black kente stole with stripes of white, green, yellow, and maroon. Includes the recipient's date of birth.
This vibrant fabric celebrates the Independence Day of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). The central emblem is a yellow circle displaying the outline of the DRC filled in with …
Blue kente stole, with stripes of pink, yellow, and maroon. The message on the stole is done in yellow thread, interwoven with silver. Featured at both ends of the stole …
This green and white fabric commemorates the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education of Cameroon (MINJEC) and its programs and organizations. The main emblem features a group of diverse …