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Cloth is part of a three piece outfit with blouse (2590/2 a) and skirt (2590/2 b). The head wrap is a piece of unsewn fabric with a repeating pattern of blue flowers or pinwheel shapes in the background, and rows of red, blue and white squares with an elephant in blue outline within them, along with text in English. These squares alternate with red text written in Twi.

History Of Use

Factory-printed cloths like this one commemorate or publicize special events. Consumers purchase the cloths and have them tailored into fashionable attire. Cloths are printed to commemorate a variety of events such as visits of dignitaries, funerals, university and church openings, the formation of women’s groups, beauty pageants, or New Year’s parties. Cloths may also be printed during and after elections to advertise political candidates. Some commemorative cloths are worn only for the special occasion for which the cloth was printed. The cloth is carefully stored away afterwards as a keepsake.
Factory-printed cloth is a product of both African design and European technology. African people have worn this type of cloth for over 150 years. It was originally printed in factories in Europe and then marketed in Africa, but today most of the cloth is designed and printed in Africa.

Iconographic Meaning

Cloth designed to commemorate the victory of John Agyekum Kufuor and the New Patriotic Party in the Ghanaian national election. Kufuor’s campaign slogan, “asee ho”, can be seen on the cloth.


Factory-printed cloth, however the symbols and colours were chosen by the previous owner, A. Busia, who was the first vice chairwoman of the NPP.

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