R6088/1 T shirt

White T shirt with a map of Africa with South Africa highlighted in yellow and the slogan 'A New Country'

T shirt (Museum Accession Number R6088)

This T shirt is one of many designs produced for the South African presidential elections in 1994, the country’s first fully representative democratic election. It was worn in support of the African National Congress (ANC) party and their candidate Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black head of state. This form of ‘protest’ or ‘struggle’ T shirt became popular in South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement. This T shirt was collected because the owner recognised that it represented an important historic moment. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Place: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

Date: 1994