Silk In Africa (Fabric Folios)
The rich and diverse range of silk textiles from Africa is an unexpected revelation. This book focuses on over thirty pieces from the British Museum's spectacular collection, bringing together for the first time the highly distinctive traditions of silk weaving and embroidery from throughout the African continent. These range from textiles commissioned by royalty and high-ranking officials, such a...
Series: Fabric Folios
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr (March 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 627528
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“Very well presented. I was in the Peace Corps in West Africa and some of this was new to me. The intro and explanation is right on. The story of the way the method of weaving the strips came about is wonderful and would have been nice for that to ...”
the striking cloths of the Asante (Ghana) or gowns from Ethiopia encrusted with gold, to less prestigious but no less glorious pieces such as a multicoloured Merina burial shroud from Madagascar. As a pattern sourcebook the reader will find inspiration for striking colour and tonal combinations as well as myriad ideas for using stripes, geometrics and stylized figurative motifs.In their introduction the authors bring the textiles to life by examining who made them, how ideas travelled across the continent and the significance of pattern and symbolism. In addition, all the principal techniques are explained while brief commentaries highlight the design features. Whether you are interested in graphic design or technical detail, this inspiring book will be the first to open your eyes to a previously unexplored aspect of Africa.