African Textiles Today

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A fascinating book that explores the rich variety of textile traditions throughout Africa. Illustrations display the best of the craft and why it continues to influence photographers and contemporary artists in Africa and throughout the world.

Creating and trading numerous types of cloth have been vital elements in African life and culture for at least two millennia, linking different parts of the continent with each other and the rest of the world. African Textiles Today shows how ideas, techniques, materials and markets have adapted and flourished, and how the dynamic traditions in African textiles have provided inspiration for the continent's foremost contemporary artists and photographers. Enlarged details show the finest examples of textile arts, most selected from the superb collections of the British Museum.

The front cover shows a detail of the sculpture Woman's Cloth by El Anatsui. The piece was inspired by the Kente cloth tradition and was produced in Nigera, 2002.

Author

Christopher Spring was curator of the African collections at the British Museum. He is the author of numerous books on African art and culture, including African Arms and Armour, North African Textiles and African Art in Detail.

  • Product Code: CMC15597
  • DESIGNER/ARTIST: African Textiles Today
  • AUTHOR: Christopher Spring
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 256 pages
  • FORMAT: 270 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations: 200 Colour
  • Subject: Decorative Arts

A fascinating book that explores the rich variety of textile traditions throughout Africa. Illustrations display the best of the craft and why it continues to influence photographers and contemporary artists in Africa and throughout the world.

Creating and trading numerous types of cloth have been vital elements in African life and culture for at least two millennia, linking different parts of the continent with each other and the rest of the world. African Textiles Today shows how ideas, techniques, materials and markets have adapted and flourished, and how the dynamic traditions in African textiles have provided inspiration for the continent's foremost contemporary artists and photographers. Enlarged details show the finest examples of textile arts, most selected from the superb collections of the British Museum.

The front cover shows a detail of the sculpture Woman's Cloth by El Anatsui. The piece was inspired by the Kente cloth tradition and was produced in Nigera, 2002.

Author

Christopher Spring was curator of the African collections at the British Museum. He is the author of numerous books on African art and culture, including African Arms and Armour, North African Textiles and African Art in Detail.

  • Product Code: CMC15597
  • DESIGNER/ARTIST: African Textiles Today
  • AUTHOR: Christopher Spring
  • PAGES: 256 pages
  • FORMAT: 270 x 240 mm