Saturday, 26 October 2013

Exploring Ewe “kente” design online.

One of the issues with African textiles that interests me is developing an understanding of the range of design possibilities within each tradition and promoting an appreciation of the way in which weavers have explored and expanded those possibilities and parameters. Increased aesthetic appreciation can then be combined where possible with information about dates and places of origin. Looking at cloths is one of the most important ways of appreciating these issues and the increasing accessibility of museum collections online has opened up new horizons, even if the issues raised can pose as many questions as they offer answers. This month I have begun a project using my Pinterest page to bring together images of cloths that I consider to be early, exceptional, important, distinctive or in other ways of interest. Cloths are drawn from museum collections, images published or online, our own archive etcetera. I will be adding others to this group, expanding the Asante kente group, and starting new collections over the coming months.


Click here to visit the page. Visit our online gallery here for Ewe kente cloths in our current stock.

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