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Guaranteed real Dutch Congo,by Cas Oorthuys

Guaranteed real Dutch Congo

Cas Oorthuys

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8 color and around 100 duotone plates - a selection from the 7,000 or so negatives of photographs taken in the Belgian Congo in 1959 by Dutch photographer Cas Oorthuys (1906-1985) - the color plates portray "guaranteed Dutch" local textiles
Cas Oorthuys' photo archive numbers some 500,000 negatives, including about 7,000 negatives of the Belgian Congo. Oorthuys took these photographs in 1959, commissioned by the Belgian Government Information Service. Most of them are of people, but there are also landscapes, rivers, cities, villages and jungles.As well as pictures of inhabitants of the Belgian Congo, you will see fabric designs worn during that period. For years these cotton prints had been exported to Africa under the trade names of 'Guaranteed Dutch Wax Vlisco' and 'Véritable Wax Hollandais Vlisco'. Even today the textile factory Vlisco BV in Helmond still designs about 150 new patterns every year.The fabrics have an important symbolic meaning to Africans, and are very popular. One of the sources of these colourful patterns is the Indonesian batik culture, but lace patterns from Belgium and the Netherlands enjoy great popularity too.
Titel Guaranteed real Dutch Congo
Author Cas Oorthuys
Signed No
ISBN 9072971116
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 26x26
Book condition Fine
Cover condition Good
Condition description Dust jacket has some edge wear, with a few small (app. 1 cm) closed tears. Inside some toning to page edges, small price tag residue on first page.
Binding Hardcover including dustjacket
Edition first edition
Pages 166
Publisher Duo/Duo
Publishing date 1992
Publishing place Rotterdam
Number published 4000
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