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cloth

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2006,15.13

  • Description

    Cloth; batik-dyed? cotton; purple cloth with red lines; printed pattern of hair combs outlined in black with red and black geometric patterns on handles; "BATIK DE WOODIN" printed in white along bottom border.

  • Date

    • 2000s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 356 centimetres
    • Width: 123.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Woodin is a brand of new textiles with stamped impressions, which GTP, a company that produces under the license of the United African Company (UAC) introduced recently. It is a more expensive type of tie-and-bye- and batik textiles.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2006,15.13


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