Monday, 10 August 2009
Hali magazine surveys the market for African textiles
Hali is the world's premier magazine for collectors of rugs and textiles. In what may be an important boost to international collector interest in textiles from sub-Saharan Africa the current issue (#190 Autumn 2009) includes a "Market Report" on African textiles. Written by San Francisco dealers in Asian Art, Joe Loux and Katie Suckling, it aims to "investigate how African textiles fit into the market in African Art and their appeal to textile connoisseurs." A number of dealers were interviewed by the authors and a selection of views on the state of the market surveyed. It is well illustrated with a number of rare and important pieces. I have a small number of offprints which are available on request. The issue also includes a brief "Benchmark" article by me on an exceptional Asante kente cloth we sourced which is now on display in the British Museum.