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- Object: Josephine
A two piece outfit consisting of a sleeveless top (a) and flared skirt (b), both made of naturally coloured barkcloth with inserts of orange cotton cloth. The top has lathe-turned wooden buttons, stained with barkcloth dye.
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- Curator's comments
José Hendo writes: 'Having been born in Uganda, barkcloth is part of my DNA. I love working with it and innovating witht different techniques in each collection. As an eco-sustainable designer, it is essential to have a totally sustainable cloth. The mutuba tree can be harvested annually for many years without any harm to the tree.
José Hendo is a British-Ugandan fashion designer living in London who uses barkcloth innovatively in her work. She has designed this outfit (Josephine) as part of her 'Identity My Way' Spring/Summer 2018 collection. The design uses patterns inspired by her own fingerprints.
The outfit is a UK size 10 and can be worn in multiple ways: the skirt can also be worn as a poncho or used as a decorative wall hanging. The top can be worn alone, or with a blouse, a long-sleeved roll neck jumper, or a jacket.
The barkcloth was sourced direct from the Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association (BOFTA) based near Masaka in southern Uganda.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2018 (2 February)
- Acquisition notes
- Commissioned by the Museum from the artist in 2017.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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