Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End




Vi esta exposição durante a minha visita ao Metropolitan. E adorei!!!
Tem fotografias muito boas e tecidos lindos.
O facto de esta exposição estar no Metropolitan mostra bem o interesse e a importância dos tecidos africanos no mundo.
Foi mesmo um sorte esta exposição estar patente durante a minha visita.
Para quem estiver a pensar ir a Nova Iorque nos próximos meses, tem até dia 22 de Março para ver esta exposição.
Fica aqui a apresentação da exposição, em inglês.


Dazzling textile traditions figured importantly in the earliest recorded accounts of visitors to sub-Saharan Africa, dating to as early as the ninth century. 

Historically, textiles also constituted one of the primary commodities imported into sub-Saharan Africa, through trade routes that extended south across the Sahara from North Africa until the fifteenth century and subsequently by Europeans along the Gold Coast. Among the earliest documented examples of West African textile traditions were those collected by European textile manufacturers seeking new markets for their own exports in the nineteenth century. A significant collection given to The British Museum in 1934 consisted of the African textiles gathered in West Africa before 1913 by Charles Beving, who was a partner of a Manchester firm. More than a dozen of these works, which were gathered as part of market research to determine regional tastes, figure centrally in this exhibition.

The myriad distinctive regional traditions represented in this exhibition include the expansive monumental wool and cotton strip-woven architectural elements created in Mali and Niger; a rich range of deep blue indigo, resist-dyed textile genres produced in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon; textile panels composed and woven by Igbo women and Yoruba men in Nigeria, to be wrapped around the body as apparel; and a series of the impressive voluminous robes and tunics that have been designed from regional fabrics from Algeria to Nigeria.

2 comments:

Brikebrok said...

Que curioso, cheguei ao teu blog pela expo dos tecidos africanos egostei do que vi !
vives em lagoa ? é um lugar que me traz muito boas recordações de infância ... :-)

Margarida Godinho said...

Gostei muito da exposição dos tecidos africanos em NY e dos tecidos que vi no teu blog!
pois é, vivo em Lagoa quase há 2 anos... o tempo passa!!