Long Live the President! Portrait Cloths from Africa, at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, has over 100 examples on display to August 29, 2010. To learn more about these cloths that are such an important part of African textile culture, visit Adire African Textiles online. There, you can view much of the collection from which many of the exhibit's pieces are on loan. Find additional information about kanga here, here, and here.
"Amitié Franco Gabonaise," “Franco-Gabonese friendship,” is printed beneath portraits of President Georges Pompidou and President Omar Bongo on the occasion of Pompidou’s visit to Gabon in February 1971.
Two cloths: top, circa 1963, bottom, circa 1970.
Cloth is from the election year, 1983.
1967-2009, when he died in office. Cloth dates from 1971.
Congo (Brazzaville) from 1969 to 1977.
from 1960 to 1975. Cloth is circa 1970.
Cloth marked his 90th birthday in 1996.
Cloth is circa 1992.
first priest of Dahomey (Benin), 2000.
Photos from Tropenmuseum and Adire African Textiles.