Printed and dyed textiles from Africa
A contemporary series of designer sourcebooks exploring the rich kaleidoscope of colour and pattern in world textiles with over 100 specially commissioned colour photographs. To go to any market in West Africa, where the women are swathed in brightly patterned wraps, is to experience an assault on your visual senses. This book, too, is a visual feast, illustrating the richness and diversity of the African textile tradition. Over thirty textiles from The British Museum's renowned collection are explored in detail; magnificent blue and white indigo resist-dyed cloths from West Africa; multi-coloured, tie-dyes and woven North African textiles; 'mud-cloths' from Mali; the unique warp-striped weaves and ikats from Madagascar; 'adrinka' block-print and painted 'calligraphy' cloths from Ghana and the 'adire' cloths from Yorubaland.
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Abeokuta adinkra cloths adire alabere adire cloth adire eleko African textile tradition Arabic calligraphy areas Ashanti background bakhnug bark barkcloth base cloth batik Berber Berber women bogolanfini calabash calligraphy cloths cassava clamp-resist colour Congo cotton thread cut-pile decorated dipped dye bath dyed dyers embroidery fabric fibres Ghana hand-drawn hand-woven Igbo ikat indigo dyeing INDIGO-DYED CLOTH Indonesian ISLAMIC John Gillow Kano Kasai river ketfiya and tajira Kofor Mata dye Kuba lafun Leopard Society Madagascar Mali Mata dye pits mill cloth Morocco MUD CLOTH multicoloured n i g e r i a Nigeria North Africa Oshogbo patterns pleated printed produce RAPHIA TEXTILES raphia thread resist dyeing selvedge to selvedge Senegal sewn skirts soaked STAMPS CARVED starch stencilled adire stitched resist strip-woven strips synthetic dyes tie-and-dye tie-dyed textiles tree tropical Tunisia tying village of Ntonso warp WARP-IKAT weaving weft West Africa WOMAN'S WRAP woollen woven yellow Yoruba Yorubaland