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Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; yellow cloth with background repeating pattern of double green lines "woven" like basketry; main repeating pattern cream circle "ISLAMIC SECONDARY SCHOOL TAMALE" in black around edge, shield with crescent moon and star above, black microscope, wheel and tree across top of shield, bottom half green with black book, "KNOWLEDGE, SUPPLICATION TO GOD AND SERVICE TO HUMANITY" around shield; "AKOSOMBO TEXTILES LIMITED GUARANTEED SUPERB PRINT RSP 2397" printed in border.
- Production date
Length: 59 centimetres
Width: 114.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
'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.’
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 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 and the Americas
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