Cloth, Dress and Art Patronage in Africa / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $52.18
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 52%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $52.18   
  • New (4) from $95.95   
  • Used (4) from $52.18   


Drawing examples from a wide range of African cultures, this groundbreaking 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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Edited by the astute fashion historian Valerie Steele, the journal sets out to prove that fashion resonates in our culture.
From the Publisher
"Rich details from the West African literature and the authors' own research in contemporary Nigeria illustrate the many ways that cloth mediates social circumstance." —Choice
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859732908
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Impact of Patronage on the Arts of Africa
1 Art Patronage as a Generator of Cloth and Dress 9
2 Cloth and Dress as a Mirror of Culture in Africa 25
3 Art Patron Roles 49
4 Leadership Arts in State Societies 81
Pt. 2 The Development of Hausa, Nupe and Yoruba Cloth and Dress Traditions
5 Historical Context of Leadership, Trade and Art Patronage 105
6 Patterns of Production and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Luxury Cloth Traditions 131
7 Continuity and Change in Twentieth-Century Cloth Traditions 153
8 The Fashionable World of the Yoruba 171
Postscript: To Put on Cloth 189
Bibliography 193
Index 209
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)