This book comprehensively surveys and celebrates in over 570 spectacular colour photographs the traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles of the entire continent of Africa.
Covering, region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, African Textiles outlines the vast array of techniques used as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these sumptuous textiles. In addition, the important influences on textile production - religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion and the changing role of women - are assessed in each of the different regions of Africa.
With a useful glossary and map, a guide to collections open to the public, and suggestions for further reading, this book provides a wealth of information on the rich art of African textiles.
'Spectacular ... this book really does span a whole continent ... a wealth of detail in this book which would be useful and fascinating for makers of all disciplines'
'This lovely book is a visual feast which enriches our knowledge of the textile crafts of Africa'
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