Power Prints

Posted on 2010/04/26

Why not immortalize your own glory?

African leaders in the 60’s  and onwards were apparently quick to adopt the tradition of regional chiefs and important members of the community distributing cloth to their local followers.

Why not commemorate your reign, immortalize your own glory, promote your agenda, campaign or simply the most basic of all promote yourself.

Samples of Commemorative fabrics from various Francophone African countries.

President Marien N’gouabi, Congo [Funeral Cloth]

President Jean Bedel Bokassa who then became Emperor, Central African Republic [Cloth circa 1970]

President Albert-Bernard Omar Bongo, Gabon, [Cloth circa 1971]

President Henri Konan Bedie and his wife, Ivory Coast [Cloth circa 1995]

President Felix Houphouet Boiny, Ivory Coast & President Giscard d’Estaing, France [Cloth circa 1978]

President Mobutu Sese Seko, Zaire, [Cloth circa 1992]

[Images via Adire African Textiles]

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