|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Period:||Late 20th century|
|Dimensions:||L 79 cm x W 94 cm|
|Techniques:||Plain woven; roller printed|
|Credit:||Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman|
The cloth from which this jacket is made features a portrait of the former president of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko wearing his trademark leopard-skin hat. Surrounding Mobutu’s picture are two rings: the first is a ring of fire and the second is a black ring with Mobutu le fondateur (the founder) written above, and 20 Mai 20eme anniversaire (20th anniversary) du MPR 1967-1987 written below. MPR stands for Mobutu’s party, Mouvement Populaire de la Revolution. The fabric was likely printed in Africa, but retailer JCPenney manufactured the jacket in the United States.