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Beret from Black Power era owned by “Bro. Strawther”

Manufactured by
Tan Mai, Vietnamese
Medium
thread on wool with vinyl, synthetic fiber and plastic
Dimensions
H x W: 3 5/8 × 9 9/16 × 7 11/16 in. (9.2 × 24.3 × 19.5 cm)
Type
berets
Place made
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, Asia
Date
ca. 1970
Description
A Black Power era beret owned by “Bro. Strawther.” The beret is constructed from black wool felt and edged with a black vinyl rim. Hand embroidered by in white thread on front of the beret is block text that reads, [BRO. STRAWTHER / I'M PROUD / I'M BLACK]. Hand embroidered in black thread on the crown of the hat is Black Power salute fist outlined in white thread. Inside the beret are two manufacturers labels under a plastic sleeve stitched to the interior of the hat. Both labels are gold and red foil and are diamond-shaped. Both labels are partially covered by the embroidery.
Topic
African American
Black power
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Identity
Resistance
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.90.2.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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