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Maker: Sotiba
Factory printed cloth
Date: Late 20th century
Medium: Cotton, dye
Dimensions: H x W: 116.4 x 142 cm (45 13/16 x 55 7/8 in.)
Credit Line: The Wil and Irene Petty Collection
Geography: Dakar, Senegal
Object Number: 2008-5-62
Search Terms:
geometric motif
foreigner
Adornment
Commemorative
male
Exhibited: Heroes: Principles of African Greatness

Sotiba in Dakar, Senegal made several versions of this fancy print cotton textile with photographic engraving of Malcolm X--some with gold, some without. It has been suggested that since the gold turns black when worn in Senegal's hot, humid climate (the wearer sweats), this version was intended for the foreign market. However since cloth was often bought to save--rather like an insurance policy or a long term savings certificate--rather than to be cut up and worn, this may not be entirely true.

Factory printed cloth with a gold metallic and red geometric pattern. Top and bottom selvages feature photographic engravings of portraits of Malcolm X on a yellow background. Selvages read "Sotiba Textiles Dakar Senegal." Repeat size is 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.).

Wil and Irene Petty, Silver Springs, Maryland, -- to 2008


Heroes: Principles of African Greatness, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2019–October 3, 2021



Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue - From the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, November 7, 2014-January 24, 2016 (installed June 30, 2015)


Kreamer, Christine Mullen and Adrienne L. Childs (eds). 2014. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 162-163, 183, no. 92, pl. 91.


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