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African Textiles Today

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Shortlisted: Le Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal. Winner: Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title award.

by Christopher Spring

Textiles have played a vital role in African life and culture for two centuries, linking Africa's diverse peoples with each other and the rest of the world.

In his latest book, Christopher Spring - curator of the African galleries at the British Museum - shows how ideas, techniques, materials and markets have adapted and flourished.

And, he goes a step further: illustrating 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.

'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. [Chris Spring's] exploration of heritage and global artistic exchange make this a fascinating compendium.' Embroidery Magazine.

256 pages. 200 colour illustrations. 24 x 27 cm. Hard cover. ISBN 978 0 7141 1559 7.

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