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Textile (England)

This is a Textile. It is dated early 20th century and we acquired it in 1953. Its medium is cotton and its technique is roller printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This textile was made in England for export to the African market. It illustrates how European manufacturers recomposed and reinterpreted patterns and motifs found across the African continent, often disconnected from their cultural significance.

This object was donated by Elizabeth Riefstahl. It is credited Gift of Elizabeth Riefstahl.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 110.2 x 121.9 cm (43 3/8 x 48 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile (England); cotton; H x W: 110.2 x 121.9 cm (43 3/8 x 48 in.); Gift of Elizabeth Riefstahl; 1953-90-12

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Duro Olowu Selects.

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