"In recent years there has been a growing interest in the traditional textiles of non-Western societies and in these societies themselves. Ten years ago, when the first edition of this book was published, it was virtually the only general survey of textile production and use in Africa, but since then a growing number of local studies have been published. This new edition takes account of these, and of the authors' subsequent fieldwork in Nigeria and Madagascar, to produce an up-dated survey of the production process from the preparation of the raw materials to the embellishment of the woven cloth by dyeing, appliqué, embroidery, etc. The text is illustrated with a new selection of photographs drawing both on the superb collections of the British museum and on field photographs showing details of how the cloth is made and worn. In Africa textiles are used not only as everyday clothing but for special events, sometimes with ritual meanings, and to decorate houses and shrines as well as people. This book looks beyond the design and making of African cloth to its social, political, and religious significance." -- Cover page 4.
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