Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints

May 15, 2017 – August 16, 2017
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor St., 77019 | 832-393-1440

This exhibition is a tribute to the century-old handmade wax print designs and patterns on textiles. 


Originating in Indonesia, these were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to Africa. The success of the wax prints is driven by many factors, such as culture, taste, and desires of  African consumers.
 
Clothing in Africa serves an important means of communication; sending secret messages and retelling local proverbs. It also depicts a person’s social status, marital status, position, political convictions, ambition, ethnicity, age, sex, and group affiliations. Though not originally African, these textiles have become ingrained in African culture and society, and loved and identified as their own.
 
A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of  Mid-America Arts Alliance, The Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts.