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Books and info about African textiles and crafts
As you may have guessed, I'm passionate about African textiles and crafts. There's just so much to learn and I'm constantly adding to my personal library of reference books.
On this page, by special arrangement with the authors and/or publishers, I can offer books which you may not find anywhere else.
African Wax Print: A Textile Journey
By Magie Relph and Robert Irwin
What exactly is African wax print? Where does it come from? What does it mean in the context of Africa's diverse textile traditions? How do Africans use wax print in Africa? And how is it used by the many designers, quilters and textile artists who are inspired by Africa and its textiles?
To find out, let's take a journey from the origins of wax print to the markets of West Africa and beyond. Along the way, we'll see wax print being worn, cut up, stitched, quilted, cherished and enjoyed.
80 pages. Over 100 colour photographs. A4 size. Soft cover.
Book only: £13.95
Book gift wrapped in African wax print fabric: £16.15
Also available in these shops:
- The British Museum, London
- The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
- Zijdelings Studio, Tilburg, The Netherlands
- The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands
- Wild Gecko African Handicrafts, Accra, Ghana
- Sun Trade, Accra, Ghana
Ghana: Where the Bead Speaks
By Esi Sutherland-Adi and Ama Ata Aidoo
An absolute 'must' for every bead lover, this stunning book - written and published in Ghana - is a vibrant and articulate testament to Ghana's incredible bead culture.
Essays by Professor Esi Sutherland Adi. Poetic reflections by writer Ama Ata Aidoo. Designed by bead-lover and jewellery designer Kati Torda Dagadu.
106 pages. Over 100 colour photographs of beads. 25 x 23 cm. Hard cover. ISBN 9988 1 5360 1.
Per book: £21.95
Liberating Log Cabin: Exploring Contemporary Textile Techniques
By Janice Gunner
Janice Gunner is an award-winning British quilter, stitched textile artist, teacher and author. I've studied with her and admired her work for many years.
Janice often uses African fabrics in her creations, especially kola nut and Indigo fabrics dyed by my friend Musa Jaiteh in The Gambia. You'll see these, plus hand-dyed batiks and South African shwe shwe fabrics in her new book Liberating Log Cabin.
Janice explains step-by-step how you can take traditional log cabin piecing a step further: how to cut and piece your quilt, how to 'wobble' your blocks and how to add excitement and texture.
20 pages. Colour photographs and instructions. A4 size. Soft cover.
Per book: £9.95
The Pride of Ewe Kente
by Ahiagble Bob Dennis
Bob Dennis is a young master weaver who comes from a renowned family of Ewe Kente weavers. His book explores the beauty, history and techniques of this marvelous textile art tradition from Ghana.
I first spent time with Bob at his Accra weaving compound in January 2005, learning all about this complex weaving technique. Bob was an incredibly knowledgeable and patient teacher and I learned a huge amount from him.
The Pride of Ewe Kente is extensively illustrated in colour.
First published in 2004 by Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra, Ghana.
Hard cover: £21.95 Soft cover: £17.95
Study Pack 2nd Edition
A taster of some of the varied and exciting fabrics from Africa.
A variety of different sample swatches. With 10 page info booklet, plus references and web links.
Ideal for students and teachers.
Per pack: £9.50