Cloth; wax-resist-dyed on cotton; black cloth stamped with alternating red and white squares with adinka design showing comb ("Duafe" meaning wooden comb, representing beauty, hygiene and feminine qualities).
- Made in: Legon
- (Africa,Ghana,Greater Accra Region,Legon)
- Length: 180 centimetres
- Width: 105.5 centimetres
'Wax prints are resist-dyed cloths. The design is applied on both sides of the plain cotton fabric with resin (which replaced wax), using engraved copper rollers. Once the resin is dry the cloth is crinkled forming cracks which make lines called 'crackles'. The cloths are usually dyed indigo. The resin is then removed, leaving undyed areas on a blue background. Other colours may be added using wooden stamp blocks by printing.'
Not on display
Fieldwork collection made jointly by staff from the University of Ghana (Department of Archaeology) and the British Museum (Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) in 2006 as part of a collaborative research and exhibition project.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF84073
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