Cas Oorthuys - Guaranteed Real Dutch Congo - (Dutch/English/French)
: Cas Oorthuys
Text : Lieve Joris
Design : Willem van Zoetendaal
ISBN : 90-72971-11-6
Size : 26 x 26cm.
photo archives of Cas Oorthuys consist of over 550,000 negatives;
among them about 7,000 negatives of Belgian Congo. Cas Oorthuys
made these photographs in 1959, commissioned by the Belgian Government
Information Service. Particularly photo's of people, but also of
landscapes, rivers, cities, villages and jungles. In this book only
photos of the inhabitants of Belgian Congo are included. 'The brilliant
full-page black-and-white photographs show us the inhabitants of
the country in the late fifties'.
it contains a number of pictures of fabric designs that were worn
in that period.These cotton printings have been exported to Africa
for decades under the trade names of 'Guaranteed Real Dutch Vlisco'
and 'Vritable Wax Hollandais Vlisco'. The fabrics have an important
symbolic meaning for the Africans and are very popular. The colourful
patterns originate, among other things, from Indonesian batik culture.
Oorthuys, Guaranteed Real Dutch Congo was selected by the jury of
the CPNB as one of The Best Book Designs of 1992.