Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wearing Mandela

Vlisco Java pattern fabric created after Mandela's release
from prison in 1990. (via The Journey to Batik)

Be it a t-shirt or a commemorative portrait cloth, Africa has a long, rich history of printed fabric as a medium of communication. So it is no surprise that so many mourning the death of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his memory have been doing so clad in textiles bearing his image. 

The following images are from The Guardian's "Nelson Mandela: pictures of the day" and other news sites from around the world.

A trio of Mandela commemorative cloths.

See the post about Nelson Mandela's penchant for Javanese textiles at The Journey to Batik.

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