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Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; white cloth with black printing; border top and bottom hand holding torch alternating with star above rope under speckled mountains; background repeating pattern black fan inside overlapping circle, larger at centre, gradually smaller towards top and bottom, with torch and nut? periodically; two main repeating patterns: 1) across centre shield with keyboard inside circle, "UT OMNES UNUM SINT" or "ACHIMOTA SCHOOL FOUNDED 1927" alternating underneath, 2) sets of three circles with images, labelled "J.E. KWEGYIR AGGREY", "SIR FREDERICK GORDON GUGGISBERG", "REV. A.G. FRASER"; "100% PURE COTTON PRINTED IN GHANA 1255" printed in border.
- Made in: Accra
- (Africa,Ghana,Greater Accra Region,Accra)
- Length: 113.5 centimetres
- Width: 120.5 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.’
‘Ghanaian schools, colleges and universities widely advertise themselves through fancy prints. They are used to celebrate anniversaries or to make uniforms worn by their pupils or students.’
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF83913
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