Printed and Dyed Textiles from Africa

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"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, and providing designers at all levels with inspiration for their own work. 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; 'mud cloths' from Mali; the unique warp-striped weaves and
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Overview

"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, and providing designers at all levels with inspiration for their own work. 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; 'mud cloths' from Mali; the unique warp-striped weaves and ikats from Madagascar; 'adinkra' block-prints and painted 'calligraphy' cloths from Ghana and the 'adire' cloths from Yorubaland." In his enlightening text John Gillow provides the background information to bring the pieces to life and clearly explains the full range of principle techniques employed. In addition, brief commentaries highlight the design features and a technical glossary supports the main text so you can rely on the book for eye-catching patterns as well as refer to it for specific information.
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In the opening essay, textile collector and specialist Gillow gives an overview of African textiles. He describes the types of materials and decorative techniques employed, including barkcloth, raffia, bobolanfini, adinkra, indigo, tie-dyeing, and various resist dyeing techniques such as stitch, starch, wax, mud, and clamp resist. Thirty examples from the textile collection of the British Museum are featured in the catalogue that follows, with superb color photos of each. A glossary, bibliography and index are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295981383
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Fabric Folios Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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