African Textiles

African Textiles

Colour and Creativity Across a Continent

  1. John Gillow
  • ISBN 9780500288009
  • 30.80 x 24.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 240pp
  • 585 Illustrations, 572 in colour
  • First published 2009
‘Spectacular ... this book really does span a whole continent ... a wealth of detail in this book which would be useful and fascinating for makers of all disciplines’ – Craftsman Magazine


‘This lovely book is a visual feast which enriches our knowledge of the textile crafts of Africa’– The Textile Directory Online

The first encyclopaedic, continent-wide survey of the textile traditions of Africa, lavishly illustrated throughout with hundreds of colour photographs and drawings

African Textiles describes the vast array of techniques used to create these sumptuous textiles, as well as the types of loom, materials and dyes. Important influences on textile production – religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion and the changing role of women – are assessed in each of the different regions of Africa, which have their own particular style.

Breathtaking skill and creativity are presented here in superb colour, from the stripweaves of the Ashanti and the Ewe of West Africa to the beadwork of the Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele peoples of the South and the Asian-derived tradition of weaving silk and raphia of Madagascar.

With a glossary and map, a guide to collections open to the public, and suggestions for further reading, this guide provides a wealth of information on the rich art of African textiles.

West Africa The Ashanti • The Bamana • The Baulé • The Dida • The Djerma • The Ewe • The Fante • The Fulani • The Hausa • The Igbo • The Nupe • The Yoruba
North Africa The Berbers • The Kabyle
East Africa The Amhara • The Baganda • The Dorze • The Galla • The Gurage • The Kikuyu • The Maasai • The Somalis • The Tigray
Central Africa The Bamileke • The Imbuti Pygmies • The Kuba • The Shoowa
Southern Africa The Betsileo • The Merina • The Ndebele • The Sakalava • The Xhosa • The Zulu


Also of interest
Indian Textiles paperback edition
Textiles of the Islamic World by John Gillow
The Tribal Arts of Africa
Textiles: A World Tour