From Kuba raffia cloth appliqués, Adire cloth, embroideries of the Congo, small geometric "Kasai velvets" to seventeen foot long raffia dance skirts, African textile artistry has been a technology tradition indicative to Africa’s culture for over a century. Textile traditions are a significant part of Africa’s cultural landscape and history linking Africa to continental trading networks. Contemporary African artists’ works including textiles, painting, photography, sculpture and other medias are showcased at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “The Essential Art of African Textiles: Designs Without End” through March 22, 2009.
The publication “Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End,” produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, accompanies this exhibition. BUY IT!