Bandana - High John the Conqueror


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During slavery, some enslaved persons began to refer to the roots and tubers of a wild species of morning glory as High John the Conqueror. This was in reference to High John or Prince John, a folklore hero and African prince who, despite his enslavement, never had his spirit broken. He was a trickster who would often turn the tables on those trying to harm him or take advantage.

This is a Juneteenth design that uses morning glory as a tribute to the traditions, culture and folklore created by enslaved persons; their wisdom, adaptability, strength and resilience.

100% cotton
22 x 22 inches
Made in the USA

Meet the Maker: All Very Goods
All Very Goods is based in Washington DC. The company was founded with the simple idea that they wanted to create beautiful, high end goods with a focus on representation. They use history, illustrations, graphic design, textile patterns and symbols from Africa, Asia and Europe to create products that are visual metaphors for a shared African American history and present experience. The bandanas are intended to be a conversation with the wearer about identity, culture and personal mythology. Essentially, how we become who we are because of and in spite of the influences around us. The overwhelmingly positive response to the bandanas led to prints and greeting cards. These paper goods use the same patterns, symbols and history in a way that creates a conversation within the home and that can be shared from one person to the next.