Generously sized and beautifully illustrated, African Textiles is an authoritative survey of textile arts - unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and much more - from across the continent. Author John Gillow traveled extensively throughout Africa, uncovering the dazzling range of traditional hand-crafted textiles from each region. Five sections detail the textile history and traditions within Africa's major geographical areas, examining materials, dyes, decorations, patterns, and techniques. From the stripweave cloth of the Ashanti in the West to Ethiopian embroidery in the East, from Berber rugs in the North to the Madagascan silk of the South - and everything in between - the breadth of coverage in African Textiles is peerless. Robustly illustrated with over 500 color photographs and drawings, this is an exciting new sourcebook for those interested in textile design and the traditional arts of Africa.
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The beauty, sophistication, and diversity of textiles in Africa are well represented by the 570 dazzling color photographs in this volume. Gillow, who has traveled extensively in Africa, does not ... Read full review
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adire agbada Akwete Amhara Anti-Atlas applique aprons Arab areas Ashanti Bamileke bark cloth beads beadwork Berber blankets bottom left bottom right Cameroon central centre century ceremonial Christian coast colour Congo cotton cloth crocheted cut-pile decorated designs Djerma dress dyed embroidered embroidery Ethiopia European fabric fibres Fulani garments Ghana grasslands Cameroon handwoven Hausa heddle henna ikat indigo indigo-dyed kangas Kasai river Kuba lamba leather Maasai Madagascar Mahdia Mali Merina metal Mokhnine Morocco motifs Muslim Ndebele ndop Ngeende Ngongo Nigeria North Africa OPPOSITE top panels pattern pit-loom raphia region robe selvedge to selvedge sewn shawl shed Sierra Leone silk skirt southern starch-resist stencilled stitched resist strips stripweaves stripwoven cloth supplementary weft technique textiles tie-dyed top left top right trade traditional treadle Tuareg Tunisia vertical loom village warp threads warp-faced warp-ikat wearing weavers weaving weft weft-faced West Africa woman's wrap women wool woollen worn woven Yoruba Zulu