Commemorative fabric for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee 

Manchester, United Kingdom

Date: 1977

Origin: Manchester, United Kingdom

Dimensions: H 118 x W 104cm

Venue: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

This fabric was designed and manufactured in Lancashire using industrial printing processes to closely imitate the effect of traditional, hand worked batik or wax resist dyeing so that it could be sold on the African export market.  

This example is particularly interesting as it was manufactured to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, and appears to have been aimed at the market in Republic of Zaire, a former Belgian colony. Royal emblems such as crowns, orbs and portraits of the Queen are stylised to imitate the bold graphic style found on indigenous textiles. 

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