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Textile (Netherlands), 2013

This is a Textile. It was designed by Eric van den Boom and manufactured by Vlisco. It is dated 2013 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is cotton and its technique is wax resist dyeing on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In West Africa, special occasions are frequently marked by the creation of new designs for the colorful “Dutch Wax” fabrics which are so widely worn there. In its 167 years history, Vlisco has created innumerable commemorative fabrics for events of local or global importance. Their archives include a design commemorating the end of World War II featuring Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, one printed in 1963 for the creation of the independent Republic of Nigeria, and another from 1991 celebrating Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
Last year Vlisco created a fabric commemorating an event closer to home—the succession of King Willem-Alexander to the Dutch throne on April 30, 2013. The design features a portrait of the king with his wife, Queen Máxima, in a central medallion. The background shows one of Vlisco’s best-selling fabrics, called Fish Scales, coming off the rollers, as in the factory.
The fabric was printed as a limited edition, and was not available for purchase.

This object was donated by Vlisco. It is credited Gift of Vlisco Netherlands B.V..

Its dimensions are

H x W: 544.2 x 120.7 cm (17 ft. 10 1/4 in. x 47 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile (Netherlands), 2013; Designed by Eric van den Boom (Dutch); cotton; H x W: 544.2 x 120.7 cm (17 ft. 10 1/4 in. x 47 1/2 in.); Gift of Vlisco Netherlands B.V.; 2017-57-1

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