Dress Made of African Prints

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Relationship: Child of im/migrant

The dress I use as an example belongs to my younger sister. My oldest sister even wants her prom dress made of African prints. My object is a dress made of African prints. This dress was recently made, but represents my family’s migration to America. My mother moved to America at 23 years old, with a 1 year old child (my sister). My father had already been here for 6 years. When my mother first arrived, she felt she was in a strange country where she knew no one but my father and extended family. But since she could not be in her country, she brought pieces of it with her. Her food, language, songs and religion all expressed who she was. But only her clothing outwardly expressed who she was. To show who she was and where she was from, my mother wore a lot of African prints. My object is important to the migration of my family because it is like a tiny piece of our country and ancestry that she brought with her into a strange new world, to help her keep a grip on who she was and would continue to be. Now I, her child wear the same clothes. My older sister even wants her prom dress made of African prints.

Place(s): Africa,
Year: 2002

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant