About this artwork
The title of this fabric pattern is taken in part from the name of a dance popular in the early 1960s. The Vibrations’s 1961 hit song "The Wausi" describes a foot-sliding, shoulder-shimmying, hip-wiggling dance similar to the Twist. The Watusi can be danced solo, and the neon-yellow zebra standing alone behind the leafy green plant stalks suggests the electric and independent spirit of the dance. The Vibrations, however, invite their listeners to join in with the line "Come on, try, sugar pie, keep with the beat, and Watusi, Watusi with me."
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- Ben Rose (Designer)
- Mr. Zebra & Watusi (Furnishing Fabric)
- Polyester, plain weave; screen printed
- 183.2 × 127.4 cm (72 1/8 × 50 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rose