R6099/10 T shirt

White T shirt blue doves logo on front

T shirt (Museum Accession number R6099/10)

This T shirt is one of a collection acquired from South African textile historian Juliette Leeb-du Toit. A family member bought it in Pretoria as a gift for her children. In the years leading up to the end of Apartheid doves were used as a symbol of the hope for peace in the country. Juliette recalls pin badges of doves being handed out to children at schools nationwide. Interestingly, while doves are associated with peace in many cultures, in the folklore of Southern African communities the dove has other significant associations including war, since male doves and pigeons are known to fight to the death. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa Project.


Place: Pretoria, South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

Date: 1990s