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    Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; pale yellow cloth with border top and bottom consisting of black wavy pattern with blue fan stamp with yellow cross and yellow and black keyboard, two staffs of music black on yellow with cream and black dots between; main repeating pattern large semicircle reading "ASSOCIATION OF METHODIST CHURCH CHOIRS" in red with blue fan design with "ASSOCIATION OF METHODIST CHURCH CHOIRS SERVICE TO GOD GHANA" in black printed on fan, "MOTTO: SERVICE TO GOD" in blue below fan, alternating with black and white keyboard; cloth produced by Akosombo Textiles Limited.


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    • 2000s
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    • Length: 61 centimetres
    • Width: 114 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    'Both wax and fancy print cloths are bought at market and given to tailors to make clothes worn by men, women or children.’
    ‘Some of the oldest and most popular wax print designs were made to promote literacy. Many are still among the bestsellers today, such as the alphabet cloth, which helps children learn to read. Primary education for children from the age of sixth became free and compulsory immediately following independence. Today, children are entitled to free education until they reach 16 years old.’

    ‘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.’


  • Exhibition history


    2008 Jun-Dec, Gateshead, Shipley Art Gallery, Fabric of a Nation
    2008-2009 Dec-Feb, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Fabric of a Nation
    2009 Feb-Apr, Hampshire, Eastleigh Museum, Fabric of a Nation
    2009 May-Jun, Fareham, Westbury Manor Museum, Fabric of a Nation
    2009 Aug-Nov, Luton, Wardown Park Museum, Fabric of a Nation
    2009-2010 Nov-Feb, London, Horniman Museum, Fabric of a Nation
    2010-2011 Oct-Feb, London, Brent Museum, Fabric of a Nation

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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