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Object

fabric

Object number

2001.14

Physical Description

Cotton fabric printed in West African design "Bestsellers".

Associated Organisation

ABC Wax (Manufacturer)

Associated Place

Inscription

ABC English wax

Material

cotton

Exhibition Label

Benny’s Textile Corner

Benjamin and Ner Banin moved to Hackney in 1962 and quickly realised there was a demand for West African textiles. They had textile retail experience so they set-up Benny’s Textile Corner at 1 Stoke Newington Road.

The majority of West African textiles they sold were produced in Manchester or imported from the Netherlands. Some classic designs over 100 years old were continually popular but new designs were also being produced.

In Hackney most Nigerian and Ghanaian customers wanted wax prints which were generally for everyday wear. There was also a small demand for Lurex, which was used to make dressy designs for weddings and other occasions. The fabrics on display illustrate the types of designs Benny’s Textile Corner sold in the late 1990s to early 2000s and the carrier bag they would be packed in.

Being African in Hackney: 1960s-2020s
14 September 2021 to 14 February 2022

On display?

No