Cloth, Dress and Art Patronage in Africa / Edition 1

Cloth, Dress and Art Patronage in Africa / Edition 1

by Judith Perani, Norma H. Wolff
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859732909

ISBN-13: 9781859732908

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Drawing examples from a wide range of African cultures, this ground-breaking book expands the continuing discourse on the aesthetic and cultural significance of cloth, body and dress in Africa and moves beyond contextual analysis to consider the broader application of cloth and dress to art forms in other media. In blending the concerns of Art History and

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Drawing examples from a wide range of African cultures, this ground-breaking book expands the continuing discourse on the aesthetic and cultural significance of cloth, body and dress in Africa and moves beyond contextual analysis to consider the broader application of cloth and dress to art forms in other media. In blending the concerns of Art History and Anthropology, the authors focus on the art patronage systems that stimulate production, consumption, commodification and cultural meaning, and emphasize the overriding importance of cloth to aesthetic and cultural expression in African societies. Through this approach they reveal complex processes that involve a series of actors, including textile artists, commissioning-patrons and consumer-patrons, all of whom shape cloth and dress traditions. These individuals not only influence production, but are a key to understanding the cultural meaning of cloth and dress and, by extension, the body in Africa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859732908
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1The Impact of Patronage on the Arts of Africa
1Art Patronage as a Generator of Cloth and Dress9
2Cloth and Dress as a Mirror of Culture in Africa25
3Art Patron Roles49
4Leadership Arts in State Societies81
Pt. 2The Development of Hausa, Nupe and Yoruba Cloth and Dress Traditions
5Historical Context of Leadership, Trade and Art Patronage105
6Patterns of Production and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Luxury Cloth Traditions131
7Continuity and Change in Twentieth-Century Cloth Traditions153
8The Fashionable World of the Yoruba171
Postscript: To Put on Cloth189
Bibliography193
Index209

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