An encyclopaedic, continentwide survey of the textile traditions of Africa. John Gillow has spent decades studying, collecting and lecturing on textiles. His books published by Thames & Hudson include Arts & Crafts of India (with Ilay Cooper and Barry Dawson), Indian Textiles (with Nicholas Barnard), Traditional Indonesian Textiles and World Textiles (with Bryan Sentance).
585 illustrations 27.7 x 21.6cm 240pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292211 January £19.95
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Now available in a compact paperback edition, this book remains the most comprehensive survey of African textiles on the market today. It illustrates in over 570 colour photographs the traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles of the whole continent. Covering the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, it showcases the vast array of techniques used as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these sumptuous textiles. Among the techniques covered are stripweaving and cut-pile embroidery, tie-and-dye, stitched resist, appliqué, bead, shell and feather work. With a glossary and map, a guide to collections open to the public, and suggestions for further reading, this book provides a wealth of information on the rich art of African textiles.
‘Really does span a whole continent … useful and fascinating’ Craftsman Magazine