Isishweshwe is a meticulously researched and creatively presented history of a blue print fabric in southern Africa.
If you love Shwe Shwe fabric, you'll be totally absorbed by this story.
Juliette Leeb-du Toit - art historian and research associate at the University of Johannesburg - covers the history, technology, design, and cultural significance: in fact, everything you'd ever want to know about Shwe Shwe.
This is a wonderful book. It is scholarly, yet eminently accessible and presents for the first time the global history of one of eastern and southern Africa's many machine-printed textile traditions, which have been overlooked in the literature for far too long. Truly a landmark publication. Dr Chris Spring, Curator of the British Museum's Africa collection.
302 pages. Lavishly illustrated in colour. 19 x 23 cm. Soft cover. ISBN 978 1 86914 314 5.