The foundational philosophy of the Washington, DC-based brand All Very Goods is “representation matters.” Their designs celebrate diverse cultures, particularly Black culture and Black people, such as this collection of four graphic and colorful bandanas (each sold separately).The Simon Combs Bandana features a vibrant pattern of combs, which are a play on an adinkra (Ghanaian symbol) for beauty.
The pattern on the Oak Bluffs and Other Beaches Bandana pays homage to beaches that were exclusively created as safe spaces for Black people in locations such as Sag Harbor, NY and Highland Beach, MD. The print is inspired by photos from these places, some almost 70 years old.The print on the Little George Bandana references a slaving ship that left the coast of West Africa in 1730. Three days into the voyage, the Africans freed themselves, took control of the ship and sailed back home.
The design of the To Market Bandana is inspired by the raucous crowds moving through Ghana’s Accra Market—and the busy streets of Washington, DC.
The pattern on the High John Bandana refers to a variety of Morning Glory. Dried tubers from the flower were believed to give the wearer victory in their battles, empowerment, good luck and protection from overseers. The root is linked in mythology to High John the Conqueror, an African prince who was captured, enslaved and brought to America. Despite his bondage, his spirit was never broken. In stories, he uses his wits and good luck to trick those who were trying to abuse or take advantage of him.
All Very Goods Bandanas are designed in Washington, DC and made from lightweight, pre-washed 100% cotton. Each measures 23”sq. Gently hand wash and line dry. Fabric will soften with use and washing.
Year of Design2019-2021
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At MoMA Design Store, all of the designs we sell are curator-approved and authentic. We ensure the integrity of our products through research and by working closely with the designers. Our products embody the spirit of good design objects in MoMA's collection. Some of them are actual designs represented in the Museum's collection.