Exploring African textiles

From Emergent Africa Tue Feb 19 2013, 06:00:00

Art Daily reports on an ongoing exhibition:

Image courtesy of babyaidafiqs

The making and trading of cloth have been vital elements in African culture for at least two millennia. Through cloth we can understand not only Africa's history but also its engagement with other parts of the world. This exhibition considers the global phenomenon that is African textiles. Displaying a wide range of textiles and related objects from the British Museum's extensive collection, most of which are exhibited for the first time, this exhibition takes a new look at the history and continuing significance of printed and factory-woven textiles in eastern and southern Africa. It explores the patterns of global trade that these pieces reveal, as well as the ways in which they have influenced some of the region's foremost contemporary artists and photographers, including Georgia Papageorge, Karel Nel, Peterson Kamwathi and Araminta de Clermont...[continue reading]

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Africa:   The AU's Ebola Mission - It's Not All About the Money (analysis)
Institute for Security Studies
22 September 2014

More than six months have passed since the Ebola epidemic was officially declared in Guinea. In this time, very little help has come from African institutions, individuals and non-governmental ... [read more]

Africa:   The Battle for Seed Independence, Food Security and Sovereignty (analysis)
The South African Civil Society Information Service
22 September 2014

In order to address Africa's poor agricultural productivity international players are intent on criminalising traditional seed saving practices. This thrust is directed by a triumvirate of corporate ... [read more]

West Africa:   New Ebola Clinics 'Useless Without More Trained Staff' (news)
Thomson Reuters Foundation
20 September 2014

A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!