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Temecula Valley Museum to host new exhibit 'Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints' May 17- June 16


Last updated 5/16/2019 at 3:56pm

TEMECULA ─ “Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints” is a tribute to the century-old, handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia. They were later copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to Africa.

This exhibit at Temecula Valley Museum traces the developmental pathway of the African wax print and tells how these fabrics reflect the stories, dreams and personalities of the people who wear them. The exhibition opens Friday, May 17, and will remain on display until Sunday, June 16, at the Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes Street, in Temecula.

The history of the African wax print is paved along colonial trade routes and globalization in the postcolonial era. Though not originally African, these textiles have become ingrained in African culture and society and continue to be loved and identified as their own.

To celebrate the opening of this new exhibit, the Temecula Valley Museum will be hosting a free event Saturday, May 25. Textile artist Allyson Allen will host a trunk show and offer insight into her pieces inspired by African and American history beginning at 11 a.m. Then, at 12:30 p.m., members of Dream Shapers will perform an African drum and dance show. Visit to sign up for this event.

Submitted by city of Temecula.


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