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 West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
This site's mission is to make available high-quality renditions of symbols used in Adinkra cloth printing, at no cost for personal and non-profit uses.
[posted: May 05, 2009]
 Nike Davies Okundaye
Website for Nigerian textile artist Nike Davies Okundaye. "While she is known for her colorful batik and paintings that offers a modernist gloss on traditional themes, she was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying practiced in her native village of Ogidi in Western Nigeria. Her fame as an artist and teacher has taken her all over the globe." Her website has information about the various art centers she established in Nigeria to train artists and the tours offered to overseas visitors.
[posted: Mar 05, 2004]
 Hollis Chatelain
Web site of quilter Hollis Chatelain. "The twelve years I lived in Africa have deeply influenced me. Six months after moving back to the United States, my longing for Africa was so great that I started to paint African images in order to put me back into the life I loved so much. I feel Americans should know more about the joy, harmony, and pride of the African people, rather than only hearing about the suffering and turmoil so commonly depicted in the media. I would like viewers to see my African imagery as a tribute to a people I truly admire and respect."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Judith Rouhani
Web site of South African textile artist Judith Rouhani. "The African light and vibrant mix of colours and traditional African patterns are the artistís inspiration, these influences are expressed through the use of exotic silk fabrics, threads and beads in rich colours, each art work edged with Ethiopian silver/copper or brass rings."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Sayings on East African Cloths
Khangas use a variety of African sayings, idioms, proverbs, slogans, expressions, idioms and riddles in Swahili and English. This article lists 308 sayings found on Khangas in Kenya and Tanzania. Collected and edited by Rev. Joseph G. Healey, of the Maryknoll Society mission in Tanzania. [pdf document]
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Kuba Textiles: An Introduction
Describes the various production techniques (embroidery, applique, patchwork and dyeing) for making Kuba raffia cloths. Plus some conservation tips from the author, Ann Svenson, Assistant Textile Conservator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Published in the Western Association for Art Conservation newsletter.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Social Fabric: exploring the Kate Peck Kent collection of West African textiles
This exhibit highlights the West African textiles in the collection of the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, which were donated by a former DU anthropology professor, Kate Peck Kent. Textiles in the exhibit are Adinkra, Kente and Adire. The online exhibit, created by a graduate student, also includes text explaining the cultural significance of cloths, and cloth-making techniques.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Adire African textiles gallery
"Adire African Textiles has been established to share our love of the creative works of African textile artists, weavers, dyers, and embroiderers, and to make high quality African textiles accessible worldwide". This is an extremely informative website for all types of African textile traditions. Also sells cloths in London's famous Portobello Road antiques market.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
   
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