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African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (edition 2016)
by John Gillow (Author)
African Textiles by John Gillow
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811841669, Hardcover)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 striking combinations of colours and bold designs of African textiles have caught the eye of many who have visited the continent over the years. This book is the first comprehensive survey to illustrate in over 570 colour photographs the traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles of the whole African continent." "Covering region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, African Textiles outlines the vast array of techniques used - including stripweaving and cut-pile raphia embroidery (methods virtually unique to the continent), tie and dye, stitched resist, applique, bead, shell and feather work - as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these textiles. In addition, the important influences on textile production - religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion and the changing role of women - are assessed in each of the different regions of Africa, which have their own particular style."--BOOK JACKET.
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