Fon Applique Fabric
Visually vibrant Fon applique fabric, fantastic and traditional design.
Approx Age: Mid – later 20th Century
Materials: Coloured Cloth
Dimensions cm: 123 (long) x 95 (wide)
Ref. Number: 1259
Stunningly alive and visually vibrant applique textile from the Fon of Benin. Depicting many creatures predominately animals in truely expressive style and colour, each having its own symbolic meaning and purpose for their enclusion within this piece of applique Fon art.
Provenace: Ex Prof. David Molyneux Collection.
Throughout its history, each Fon (
Most Fon today live in villages and small towns in mud houses with corrugated iron gable roofs. Cities built by the Fon include Abomey the historical capital city of Dahomey, and Ouidah on what was historically referred to by Europeans as the slave coast. These cities became major commercial centres for the slave trade. A significant portion of the sugar plantations in the French West Indies, particularly Haiti and Trinidad, were populated with slaves that came from the Slave Coast, through the lands of Ewe and Fon people.
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