Some of the oldest surviving African textiles were discovered at the archaeological site of Kissi in northern Burkina Faso. They are made of wool or fine animal hair in a weft-faced plain weave pattern. Further cloth fragments and parchment fragments date to the 9th century CE from sites at Igbo Ukwu of the Igbo people of Nigeria. A considerable amount of cotton and wool textiles (clothes, shrouds and accessories) have been preserved in the Tellem caves in Mali, dating mainly to the 11th to 13th centuries CE. Some fragments have also survived from the 13th century CE Benin City in Nigeria.
The knowledge of weaving and fabric production has existed for centuries throughout the continent. During the Trans-Atlantic slavery, many skilled weavers were taken, and took their knowledge along with them to North America, South America and the Caribbean.
Some examples of African textiles are the following:
Maintaining the understated yet stylish aesthetic, local artifacts, African textiles and authentic Kenyan art was peppered around the property ... Maintaining the understated yet stylish aesthetic, local artifacts, African textiles and authentic Kenyan art was peppered around the property.
This is the 80-year-old BritishSouthAfrican artist Sue Williamson’s first UK solo show and includes works from the 1990s to today ... These are bold designs that evoke, but have developed separately from, European modernism while also building on traditions of African textiles to form a unique vernacular of pattern and colour.
Shepherd's Homage to Africa collection features African art that she has been collecting for 30 years ... The exhibit features a collection of African art collected by UM alumni Tony Hoyt and Molly Shepherd ... Her favorite pieces include the long African textiles woven with strings made of Raffia Palm, because they tell stories of how each piece was made.
The African Lookbook. A VisualHistory of 100 Years of African Women, Catherine E ... McKinley brings together 150 photographs taken between 1870 and 1970, capturing African women over a century in time. This visual history presents women primarily through the lens of African photographers.
Poet Amanda Gorman has another accolade to her name. She's the first poet to be featured on a cover for Vogue... The garment's vibrant pattern is inspired by African textiles and was designed by Virgil Abloh -- Louis Vuitton's first Black artistic director. "The first poet ever on the cover of @voguemagazine ... They call me," she stated ... CNN ....
This is indeed an honour to the Kenyan people and the African continent at large,” said Okinyi ... Fashionomics Africa is an initiative of the African Development Bank to increase Africa’s participation in the global textile and fashion industry value chains – with an emphasis on women and youth.
Paintings abound at the fair this year, with many figurative works by African artists, including an arresting portrait by Kehinde Wiley at Galerie Templon from Paris... Read More. ArtDubai ... Weaving image and textile ... Gallery1957 is also presenting the work of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konate, whose pieces draw from West African textile traditions.
This is indeed an honour to the Kenyan people and the African continent at large,” said Okinyi ... Fashionomics Africa (FashionomicsAfrica.org) is an initiative of the African Development Bank to increase Africa’s participation in the global textile and fashion industry value chains – with an emphasis on women and youth.