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The ART of AFRICAN TEXTILES

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African textiles have long served as communicative notations and expressions of identity.  An extraordinary array of weaving and dyeing fashioned into textiles  transforms into works of art.  Embedded in various textiles are symbolic patterns of rank and status, color codes, and embroidered symbols.  New forms are being added by the current digital generation through the vast fabric of data, information, and rapid communication systems.  We see contemporary cloth printed with cellphones, computers, and other devices making modern visual statements! 

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Overskirt

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Aso Oke

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Design cloth

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Tunic

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Tubular cloth

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Design cloth

National Museum of African Art

Design cloth

National Museum of African Art

Woman's wrapper

National Museum of African Art

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National Museum of African Art

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National Museum of African Art

Woman's wrapper

National Museum of African Art