Translacje i tozsamosc. Batik jawajski w Afryce / Translation and identity. Javanese batik in Africa

Wronska-Friend, Maria (2016) Translacje i tozsamosc. Batik jawajski w Afryce / Translation and identity. Javanese batik in Africa. In: Nadolska-Styczynska, Anna, (ed.) Snuc nic jak opowiesc. Tkaniny w kulturach swiata / Spinning a tread into a story. Textiles in world cultures. Torunskie Studia o Sztuce Orientu. Torun Studies on Oriental Art, 5 . Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikolaja Kopernika. Polski Instytut Studiow nad Sztuka Swiata / Publishing House of Nicolaus Copernicus University. Polish Institute of World Art Studies, Torun, Poland, pp. 191-216.

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Towards the end of the 19th century, copies of Javanese batik textiles produced in Europe were successfully introduced to West African markets. Until the 1960s, fabrics inspired by Javanese iconography but destined for African countries had been produced exclusively in Europe (the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Belgium). In the second half of the 20th century a number of West African countries initiated production of these textiles but at the beginning of the 21st century the centre of their production shifted to China, resulting in the closure of a number of African factories. Copies of Javanese batiks evolved into three types of fabrics destined for African customers: ‘wax-prints’, ‘Java-prints’ and ‘commemorative prints’. While the Javanese iconography and colours have been modified to comply with African aesthetics, Javanese motifs received new names that frequently reflect local proverbs or sayings or are associated with current events. In spite of their industrial origins, the fabrics have been strongly integrated with the local culture and have become an important element of the social system as well as a marker of African identity.

Item ID: 48545
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-83-231-3690-3
Keywords: textiles Africa; batik Java; wax-prints, cross-cultural connections;
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Chapter text is in Polish, but also has a chapter summary in English

Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 04:09
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4799 Other language, communication and culture > 479999 Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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