An Introduction To Afrikan Textile
ownership of fine fabric is, undoubtedly, one of the highest forms of aesthetic
expression in Afrikan culture. Weavers continuously explore new materials and
designs to meet the needs of the culture.
Historically, yarn or thread was woven into strips five to seven inches wide.
This size required minimal storage and maintenance while being transported
for sale. One would buy the number of strips needed and sew them together for
a garment .
In Western textile design there is the expectation of identical patterns or
motifs to be repeated in the cloth. Afrikan textile design, on the other hand,
uses varying geometric design with the unexpected. These deliberate "errors" so
to speak, are often believed to represent a codified language. Though, there
is often significance in symbols and color, the vast majority of them are purely
The notion of "wearable art" is not a new or novel fashion statement, but
rather a significant part of a very old culture.