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African Textiles

Color and Creativity Across a Continent

John Gillow (Author)

Logo markA Thames & Hudson book

 

This is an authoritative survey of textile arts—unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and more—from all parts of Africa. Five sections detail the textile history and traditions of west, north, east, central, and southern Africa, examining materials, dyes, decorations, patterns, and techniques.

African Textiles is an authoritative survey of textile arts--unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and much more--from across the continent. John Gillow has traveled extensively throughout Africa, uncovering the dazzling range of traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles from each region.

Five sections detail the textile history and traditions of West, North, East, Central, and Southern Africa, examining materials, dyes, decorations, patterns, and techniques. From the stripweave cloth of the Ashanti to Ethiopian embroidery, from Berber rugs to Madagascan silk, the breadth of coverage in African Textiles is peerless. Gloriously illustrated with more than 500 color photographs and drawings, this is an essential sourcebook for anyone interested in textile design and the traditional arts of Africa.

John Gillow has written many books on textiles including, with Nicholas Barnard, Indian Textiles.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-500-28800-9
  • 9.6 × 12.1 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

Full color illustrations of items such as Pygmy bark cloth from the Congo and Ethiopian weavings makes for an outstanding presentation any library strong in African art history will relish.

” — Midwest Book Review

“Readers with a passion for textiles will … settle in with the thrilling reds and calming indigos that Gillow has put before our eyes.” — Surface Design Journal

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