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Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; blue cloth with white borders; repeating background print dark blue plant?; yellow, dark blue and red stripes top and bottom border; two main repeating patterns: 1) white circle bordered with yellow stripe, "37 MILITARY HOSPITAL METHODIST PRESBY CHURCH" in blue, red stripe inside edge, dark blue house on blue circle at centre; 2) logo labelled "GHANA ARMED FORCES" in black on white background, yellow bird on either side of anchor, sword crossed with stick and black triangle with red markings, two feathers with "GAF" at centre below birds, "GHANA ARMED FORCES" in black on yellow banner below; "AKOSOMBO TEXTILES LIMITED GUARANTEED SUPERB PRINTS" printed in border.
- 18 August 2004
- Made in: Accra
- (Africa,Ghana,Greater Accra Region,Accra)
- Length: 54.5 centimetres
- Width: 114.5 centimetres
'Fancy prints are cheaper to produce and buy, but their designs often imitate the wax prints. They are printed on one side only by engraved rollers or printing screens. These cloths often feature photographic images making them a popular choice for commemorating or promoting important social political or cultural events.
Both wax and fancy print cloths are bought at market and given to tailors to make clothes worn by men, women or children.’
‘Missionaries and churches have often used printed cloths, both wax and fancy printed, as a means of communicating with wide audiences in Ghana. Printed cloths are produced to convey religious messages to their followers or to celebrate important national or international religious events, such as anniversaries or a visit by the pope.
Christianity is widely practised, especially in southern Ghana, the churches most notably represented being the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian. Recently, Charismatic churches have gained considerable popularity. Islam predominates in the north of the country. A sizable percentage of the population continues to follow indigenous religions.’
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: EAF84009
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