Meaning in the back pattern of African plint Vol.3


I'm Takatsuki, a member of RICCI EVERYDAY THE HILL.

In the rainy season, there were many rainy days. Is there any way to spend your favorite rainy day? Please let me know.

This time, we will deliver the third stage of the meaning of the African plastic pattern!

Speaking of African plints, do you know that the vivid and powerful colors and designs are noticeable, but do you know that each pattern is meaningful?

Today I would like to tell you the meaning of the three patterns.

  1. Learn in the classroom
  2. jellyfish
  3. Tsubutsububu

1. Learn in the classroom

A large pattern of the alphabet that is drawn widely. This pattern is also called "alphabet". It seems that it was born in a literacy movement in the process of "civilization opening policy" in Europe's colonial policy.

It is said that a missionary suggested that the alphabet was used for the wax print, and the first generation who learned the letters welcomed it.

Through this cloth, they showed off the key to joining the alphabet to join the elite.It is also said.



Not only the alphabet, but also the numbers are written on the blackboard, reminiscent of the classroom.

There are many African plints that change the impression with different colors, but this pattern also has a completely different impression.

Which colour do you like? Please let me know.

2. jellyfish


This pattern looks like a jellyfish, also called "Garna's wings". "Garuna" is one of the gods of Hindu.

In fact, this African plint is derived from Indonesia. After being brought from Indonesia, it can be said to be a more unique pattern in Africa. In Ghana, it is called "banana bunch", and in Togo it is also called "snail outside the shell".



"Tsubutsububu" is drawn with many small things. It is said to be a stone for pavement at the entrance.



It seems that this stone has the meaning of "Your relatives may give you the strongest pain, sometimes sharply and hurt you."

Also, if you look closely, do you notice that there are characters that can be read as "V", "I", and "H" in the prints of the prints.

This pattern seems to have caused controversy when the HIV spread.


Here is the enlarged image. You can see that the letters are listed in each and every tsub.

How was the African Camp Lint Story?

There are some books related to African plints at Daikanyama's directly managed store, so please check it out when you come to the store.

I hope you can meet your favorite African print!

(Reference literature)

"History and characteristics of African cloth that traveled in the Wax Print World" Graphic Hanako Yoshimura, Dakosta Anne, 2019 Graphic

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