African Message Cloth Vitenge and Kanga - political, health, community, NGOs
African cloth that contain political, commemorative, health, messages, and even product advertising. Some of these pins will also be on the Khanga board that I…
HONGERA RAIS WETU SHUPAVU means: Congratulations to our strong President. MUNGU AKUONGOZE KWA KILA JAMBO means: May God guide you in everything. UHURU NA UMOJA means: Freedom and Unity. Lower right text says: NIDA NZITO KHANGA PAMBA YA TANZANIA GIGA 9330 - Nida textiles, designed in Tanzania, design number 9330
Africa | Textile from Uganda; Straight repeat in green on a red pattern background taking up full width of fabric featuring photo portrait of Idi Amin "President 2nd Republic of Uganda" under the caption "Government of Action". "Jubilation" "25-1-1971". | Cotton; screen print
1977 photo of unnamed woman in Bangui wearing a dress praising Jean-Bedel Bokassa, as head of state of the Central African Republic. Fabric features "Marshal" Bokassa in civilian garb beside the late first Prime Minister and father of independence Barthélemy Boganda, as well as the name, emblems, & slogans of MESAN once led by Boganda. Fabric dates from between Bokassa's promotion to Marshal in May 1974 and 1976 reorganization of government that led to his coronation as "Emperor".
Fragment of a Zambian fancy print, no selvage marks. Descriptions in F Macpherson (1974) p.435 & Eugenia W. Herbert (2002) match this cloth. Describe a pre-independence cloth made for the run-up to the 26 Oct 1964 handover. Prior to independence Green-Red-Yellow were used by the UNIP party, but the national flag unveiled at independence changed the colors to Dark Green, Red, Orange. "Chisokone" is the hand emblem of the UNIP. Finally the image of Kenneth Kaunda from late 1963.
David Dacko CAR - David Dacko CAR, likely in the post Bokassa terms , c. 1979-80. Made in Nigeria, with tag and selvage Zamani textiles. A variant of the one in the Bernard Collet collection www.adireafricantextiles.com/Pagne21.htm Collet version appears to have same tags, code #, but that has orange background.
A roller print (single sided) four color wax print from Nigeria, in green, gold, red & black on white. It commemorates Pope John Paul II's second visit. It's dated "March 21st - 23rd 1998". Selvage reads "Nortex Guaranteed Super Print" with no design number. Design features a circular framed portrait of the Pope with his name on scroll, a dove/Holy Sprirt shining light upon him. Beside is a portrait of "Blessed Cyprian M[ichael] Iwene Tansi" (1903-1964), beatified March 22, 1998, in Oba.
This cloth contains three images of Bokassa, a former dictator of the Central African Republic. While it appears to be made out of cheetah skin, it is not clear if the creator actually supported the oppressive policies of Bokassa. It resembles the political themes of the molas on display at the museum.