Textile length: "Fallen Tree" - 2006.21.19_5_doc20190812_IMG9493


Textile length: "Fallen Tree"

Maker: Ashante culture
Medium:Cotton tabby, roller-printed synthetic dyes
Geography: Made for the Ghanaian market
Date: c. 2005
182.8 × 112.5 cm
Object number: 2006.21.19
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the ROM Reproductions Acquisitions Fund.
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Length of factory-printed-cotton in the "fallen tree" pattern showing trees, one fallen down, with 3 birds flying up and flowers at ground. This is a popular textile design inspired by the Ashante proverb "One tree alone cannot stand in the wind," meaning solidarity and strength of community and family.

In Africa, the great love for boldly-coloured factory-printed cottons grew — directly or indirectly— from Indian chintz. In East Africa, women first dressed in printed cottons imported from India. From 1875, they switched to factory-printed imitations that integrated their own design specifications. In West Africa, consumers preferred India’s striped fabrics over chintz. But after 1900 they came to adore cloth factory-printed with the designs of Javanese batik, itself inspired by Indian chintz. Today, factories in Europe, Africa, and Asia still fiercely compete to capture these important markets by appealing to local sensibilities and fashions.

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