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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Woven beauty: the art of West African textiles
Editors:Gardi, BernhardISNI
Bauer, KerstinISNI
Bedaux, Rogier M.A.ISNI
City of publisher:Basel
Publisher:Christoph Merian Verlag
Geographic terms:West Africa
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
exhibition catalogues (form)
Abstract:The present publication accompanies the exhibition 'Woven beauty: the art of West African textiles' at the Museum der Kulturen Basel (28 August 2009 - 16 May 2010). It relies completely on the holdings of the Museum der Kulturen, with emphasis on the textile collection assembled between 1973 and 1975 during a research expedition undertaken by Renée Boser-Sarivaxévanis and Bernhard Gardi in West Africa, described by Gardi in a separate chapter. The volume focuses on weaving and on four countries, each dealt with in a separate chapter. For Nigeria, Duncan Clarke compares women's weaving with men's weaving. For Ghana (and neighbouring Togo), Malika Kraamer discusses the kente cloth tradition as practised by both Ewe and Asante. Kerstin Bauer investigates the interrelationship between Baule and Dyula weaving practices in Côte d'Ivoire. Bernhard Gardi highlights the relationship between wool and cotton weaving traditions in Mali. In two other contributions, John Picton follows up the question of why African textiles hold such fascination for people in Europe and the United States, as well as describing the different usages and practices of textiles, and Bernhard Gardi discusses the history of looms in West Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]