African Apparel: Threaded Transformations Across the 20th Century (Paperback)

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- Accompanies a major exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College (18 January-15 May 2020)- Essential reading for those interested in African textiles, jewelry, clothing, history, and cultural studies- Includes unpublished artworks from across the African continentFeaturing African textiles, clothing, headwear, and jewelry, this book celebrates African dress as a product of global interactions, generational conflict and continuity, and expressions of gender. The book highlights the strength and resilience of long-standing practices that characterize African dress; the wide variety of cultural, religious, and political motivations for adorning oneself; and the varying identities reflected in analyzing African material culture of the last century and a half. Textile selections include hand-woven and dyed examples alongside factory-woven and machine-printed cloth. Items of adornment include amber and silver jewelry from North Africa, beadwork-embellished clothing from South Africa, and various headdresses from across the continent, to name a few examples. From formal European colonization, to independence for African countries, to the liberalization of African economies, this book will demonstrate how dress practices reveal personal and group identities, cultural traditions, religious associations, political affiliations, and aspirations.

About the Author

MacKenzie Moon Ryan is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Ryan specializes in the history of African art, with particular interest in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, cross-cultural exchange, and museum studies. She serves on the editorial board for the scholarly journal African Arts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781785512636
ISBN-10: 1785512633
Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc.
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Pages: 112
Language: English