sample (textiles)

Textile sample, with a design of red fruit baskets and green vine leaves on a yellow ground.

May 1st is known as the ‘fête du travail’ – a public holiday in Mali, also known as ‘labour day’. In France, it was set up in the 18th century to protect and celebrate the rights of workers. Possibly the dates being 1886-1986 suggest that the French colonial government introduced Labour Day in Mali in 1886 and the commemorative cloth was produced in 1986, a hundred years later.

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