FANCY! Commemorative Fabrics in Africa: A Journey Through History

Get ready for an engaging and informative adventure through African history at the “FANCY! Commemorative Fabrics in Africa” exhibition, taking place at the Musée du Quai Branly from September 26, 2023, to January 14, 2024. This unique exhibition delves into the fascinating world of commemorative fabrics, highlighting their crucial role as tools of communication and reflections of African history.

Discover the Fascinating World of Commemorative Fabrics

Commemorative fabrics, adorned with striking patterns and vibrant colors, have evolved into powerful means of communication over the decades, capturing the essence of African history. These fabrics bear witness to key moments in African culture and serve as messengers whose messages resonate through time.

A Unique Collection by Bernard Collet

This remarkable exhibition owes its existence to the generous donation by French photographer Bernard Collet. For over three decades, Collet has passionately collected African textiles with intricate graphic patterns and vibrant colors. These fabrics often feature portraits of women, political leaders, or convey the voices of African communities. They unveil a significant chapter in history where fabric is more than a symbol of social prestige; it is a means of communication and an eloquent spokesperson.

Exploring Fancy Prints

Distinguished from traditional wax prints by their slightly lower-quality printing process, commemorative fabrics belong to the category of “fancy prints.” The exhibition delves into their manufacturing techniques, from production to distribution, unveiling the story behind these extraordinary textiles. These fabrics played an essential role in election campaigns, presidential inaugurations, diplomatic visits, independence commemorations, and cultural or sporting festivals.

Pratical Information

The “FANCY! Commemorative Fabrics in Africa” exhibition is not just an artistic presentation; it is a captivating exploration of African history and culture. These commemorative fabrics bear witness to the continent’s rich past, offering insights into pivotal moments and social messages that have shaped its identity. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of African commemorative textiles. Book your tickets today and get ready to be inspired and enlightened at the Musée du Quai Branly!

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