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Jacket

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Jacket
Place Made: Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Period: Late 20th century
Date: 1987
Dimensions: L 79 cm x W 94 cm
Materials: Cotton; rayon
Techniques: Plain woven; roller printed
ID Number: T94.0176
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.

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