Our Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn shop is temporarily closed, in observance of COVID-19 state/local preventative guidelines. Open date TBD.
Our Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn shop is temporarily closed, in observance of COVID-19 state/local preventative guidelines. Open date TBD.

Vintage Rare Ghanaian Handpainted Textile Shop Sign (Select One)

$300.00 $250.00

Vintage Large Ghanaian textile shop signs, hand-painted on wood boards. Very rare style signs, advertising textile sale and various life/community mantras. Both signs include several signs of usage and wear. Orange sign measures 26" x 31".  Black sign measures 22" x 29.5". See photos for areas of discoloration, scratches and imperfections.

About: Signs of this style originate in Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Ghana - painted by either textile artists or paid artists. They typically depict elaborate styles of hair braiding for women or contemporary styles of hair cuts for men, using bright house/commercial paints on plywood boards, masonite or recycled wood. They are set out next to or around the shop to give examples of the kind of work they can do, in order to attract customers. These rare signs are incredible displays of West African ingenuity, entrepreneurship, creativity and beauty/visual culture. 

Note: All BLK MKT Vintage inventory is vintage, "well-loved" and most times, with minor imperfections. Unless otherwise noted, items posted for sale are not reprints or reproductions. As with all vintage or antique items signs of wear and tear are to be expected; these include discoloration, fading and overall, patina. All items are described and pictured to demonstrate accurate condition. The provenance of some items is known and documented, while others have no accessible lineage. If there are any questions or concerns please email before purchasing as ALL SALES ARE FINAL & RETURNS ARE NOT ACCEPTED (with exceptions for extreme cases/misrepresentations).

 

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