Exhibition: Add To, Take Away – Artistry and Innovation in African Textiles

DMA - Add To, Take Away Artistry and Innovation in African Textiles

Exhibition dates: 8 November 2014 – 29 November 2015

‘Add to’ and ‘take away’ refer to basic techniques that African textile artists use to decorate cloth. ‘Add to’ techniques include embroidery and appliqué. ‘Take away’ refers to the removal of threads from cloth to create intricate patterns. Decorated cloth is often a powerful expressive medium in African life, a kind of visual language that can be read by those familiar with it. This installation of cloths drawn primarily from the DMA’s (Dallas Museum of Art, Texas) collection explores these techniques as they have been – and still are – practised in Mali, Republic of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

For more information, visit the website of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA.

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