This piece is just back from the "African Barbershop and Hairdressing Signs" temporary exhibition, held at the OFS Museum, in the San Francisco International Airport, from March to October 2020.
The sign has been painted with bright industrial colours on plywood. This kind of signs are part of vintage African folk art - colourful, fun and sometimes outrageous.
They reflect both the ancient African tradition of braiding and hair cutting, and the cultural clash of influences with which they have become mixed up.
Just think of America and the large African population living there.
Sometimes the signs were painted by the barbers or hairdressers themselves to advertise their services. They make up a catalogue of intricate female braid patterns or the latest in men's hairstyles.
This sign shows some hairstyles from the 1980s:
It comes from an American Barber Shop of the 1960s, in San Francisco.
Overall size: 61 x 76 cm
The item is original and well preserved. It shows some flaws and signs of ageing, which, however, do not affect its overall beauty. Please, look closely at the pictures that are an integral part of the description.
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- Enseigne de Barber Shop "Indian Cut", 1980s
- Période estimée
- Pays d’origine
- État assez bien - utilisé intensivement & représentant d’éventuelles manques mineures