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Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; textured grey cloth with light blue splotchy background and dark blue print; top and bottom border "INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE" around "¢" symbol and nut? alternating with three rows of filled and outline nuts, row of adinkra stamps (leaf pattern ["Aya" translated "fern" representing endurance and resourcefulness], anchor-style pattern with two hooks ["Akokonan" translated "the leg of a hen" representing mercy and nurturing]) and filled and unfilled hourglass-type shapes below nuts; central band cross-hatched circle with "cata" across middle, "GHANA 2001" around bottom, solid and outline nuts and adinkra symbols as above between circles.
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Length: 148 centimetres
Width: 127 centimetres
- Curator's comments
"cata" stands for Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators.
'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.’
- 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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