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West & Central African Textiles.

Wed 9th April 2014

The British Museum Store
23 Blyth House, W Kensington Olympia, W14 0QX



What are the common threads in apparently very different textiles? What 'technologies' and skills do they rely on? Which agricultural skills are required to produce the fibres and dye stuffs and how, if at all, did those skills and that knowledge get transferred between the different tribes and areas? Join us looking at Yoruba and Hausa tribes from Nigeria – Adire and embroidered gowns; Asante and Ewe from Ghana - narrow strip weave; Dogon & Bamana from Mali – marriage blankets and mud cloths; and narrow strip weaving from Sierra Leone.