Shortlisted: Le Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal
Winner: Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title award
This beautifully illustrated book deciphers the hidden stories of African textiles, whilst also revealing their continuing relevance, exploring how the dynamic traditions in African cloth-making have provided inspiration for the continent’s foremost contemporary artists and photographers.
Africa Fashion Guide
From tablet-woven Ethiopian church hangings to the designs of Nigerian designer Duro Olowu, Africa's history has been written in cloth… [Chris Spring] revisits the stories revealed by cloth traditions on the continent across the ages, and explores the new directions the tradition is taking today – incorporating themes ranging from contemporary politics to HIV/Aids and English football clubs.
Much has been written about trade and migration between Africa and the rest of the world, but African Textiles Today specifically addressees how African history has been read, told and recorded through cloth… [Spring's] exploration of heritage and global artistic exchange make this a fascinating compendium – including more than 200 stunning images – of African textile work in recent decades.