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John Picton (Author), John Mack (Author). African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent Paperback.
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by John Picton, John Mack. ISBN 9780714115955 (978-0-7141-1595-5) Softcover, Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Publications, 1989. Find signed collectible books: 'African textiles'. Emil Torday and the Art of the Congo, 1900-1909. ISBN 9780295970745 (978-0-295-97074-5) Softcover, Univ of Washington Pr, 1991.
african textiles John Picton & John Mack Covers textile arts from the entire continent and beautifully illustrated. In Africa textiles are used not only as everyday clothing but for special events, sometimes with ritual meanings, and to decorate houses and shrines as well as people. This book looks beyond the design and making of African cloth to its social, political and religious significance.
5 Best Books on African Adire Textiles. So you think you know about Adire? Check that against these sources. I list below the best books I have found on adire: African Textiles. John Picton and John Mack. A half-chapter in this book describes the two types of adire cloth: tie and stitch resist as well as starch resist. It details how they are produced, the materials used, and the different patterns and names given to the designs. For each named design, for example Ibadanbun (Ibadan is sweet), the number of spaces in the grid and a few key patterns give the designer a framework, within which some artistic license can be expressed.
This book and several others about African textiles, buildings and people seem to be a constant inspiration for me. The colours tend to be quite basic and the designs are really graphic. I love how the basic type of patterns are produced with such freedom so that all the corruptions and irregularities become the exciting part of the story.