African Majesty: The Textile Art of the Ashanti and Ewe

Thames and Hudson, 1995 - 192 páginas
Within the borders of present-day Ghana and Togo, there exists an immemorial tradition of weaving. Inspired by the demands of royalty and ceremony or of the wealthy for rich display, the weavers of the Ashanti and Ewe tribes have created cloths that combine colour and pattern to fabulous effect. So important were these masterpieces of textile art - worn like the togas of ancient Rome - that at one time costly foreign silks were imported, only to be unravelled for weaving afresh. Exuberantly West African in colour and composition, these textiles are made from narrow lengths of cotton or silk, first woven on small drag looms, then cut and sewn together - the product therefore of a weaver's artifice combined with the ingenuity of the craftsman at matching, or brilliantly mismatching, the patterns on strips of cloth. The impact of these bands of colour is often balanced and enhanced by the woven details of motifs. Anteaters, combs, hands, letters, as well as seemingly abstract forms, provide a vocabulary of information for the owner and the onlooker, an indication of prestige or rank, or simply a reflection of the key elements of everyday life. The textiles are depicted in over 130 glorious colour plates. The text includes a full description of the origin and technical composition of each example, a thorough historical survey and an explanation of the methods of weaving, as well as of the use of cloths. This is a book of spectacular colour and pattern that will captivate everyone interested in textile history, in African culture, or in tribal art, and anyone who responds to craftsmanship and display of immense originality and vitality.

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Peter Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research interests include social psychology, drugs and society, and sociology of work, sport, and leisure. His first book, MOMENTUM, was published in 1981 by Sage. Peter has been honored with the University Lecturer Award and as the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher at the University of Denver, as well as being named by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) as Mentor of the Year in 2005.

Nicholas Barnard's other books include Living with Decorative Textiles. He lives in England.

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