textile arts [8 sites]
Aboubakar Fofana

"Born in Mali and raised in France, Aboubakar Fofana is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose working mediums include calligraphy, textiles and natural dyes. He is known for his work in reinvigorating and redefining West African indigo dyeing techniques, and much of his focus is devoted to the preservation and reinterpretation of traditional West African textile and natural dyeing techniques and materials." [posted: Nov 22, 2022]

Asafo Flags from the Karun Collection

An amazing collection of over 200 Asafo flags dating from as early as the 19th century. Along with an introductory essay by Duncan Clarke on the Asafo flags of the Fante people of western Ghana: "Appropriated from European naval ensigns and national flags, the form became the vessel for an exploration of local values and indigenous artistic creativity." [posted: Nov 19, 2022]

Karun Thakar Collection

"The Karun Collection is internationally recognised for its focus on antique textiles and dress, with several thousand Indian examples, Japanese folk textiles, Afghanistan costume, West and North African textiles and weavings. The collection also contains African and Indian bronzes and jewellery, studio ceramics, Islamic and Venetian glass trade beads, early Indian terracottas and even hand painted African movie posters." [posted: Nov 19, 2022]

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

This site's mission is to make available high-quality renditions of symbols used in Adinkra cloth printing, at no cost for personal and non-profit uses. [posted: May 05, 2009]

Nike Davies Okundaye

Website for Nigerian textile artist Nike Davies Okundaye. "While she is known for her colorful batik and paintings that offers a modernist gloss on traditional themes, she was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying practiced in her native village of Ogidi in Western Nigeria. Her fame as an artist and teacher has taken her all over the globe." Her website has information about the various art centers she established in Nigeria to train artists and the tours offered to overseas visitors. [posted: Mar 05, 2004]

Hollis Chatelain

Web site of quilter Hollis Chatelain. "The twelve years I lived in Africa have deeply influenced me. Six months after moving back to the United States, my longing for Africa was so great that I started to paint African images in order to put me back into the life I loved so much. I feel Americans should know more about the joy, harmony, and pride of the African people, rather than only hearing about the suffering and turmoil so commonly depicted in the media. I would like viewers to see my African imagery as a tribute to a people I truly admire and respect." [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

Adire African textiles gallery

"Adire African Textiles is a London based gallery dedicated to exploring the vintage textile traditions of sub-Saharan Africa. We work with a network of partners throughout West Africa to source exceptional museum quality textiles for clients worldwide that include leading museums, private collectors, and interior designers." See also the site's pages on African textile traditions and techniques. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

Hypertextile + Klikor Icon + Afevo + Blackhud Research Center

Hypertextile is the website of Luciano Ghersi, an Italian weaver who has been working with a community of Kente weavers from the town of Klikor in Ghana. Together they have started several web sites (all linked from Hypertextile) documenting the craft of Kente weaving among this particular group of Ewe weavers. There is much information on patterns, techniques, and individual weavers. The website was made a long time ago (in internet terms) but still contains a wealth of information, if you browse around it. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

textile arts [8 sites]