Printed and Dyed textiles from Africa

This book is a visual feast, illustrating the richness and diversity of the African textile tradition, and providing designers at all levels with inspiration for their own work. Over 30 textiles from The British Museum’s renowned collection are explored in detail: magnificent blue-and-white, indigo-resist-dyed cloths from West Africa; multi-coloured, tie-dyed and woven North African textiles; …

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The blue dye indigo has been the world’s most valued dyestuff for almost five millennia. This text covers in detail all aspects of this subject: historical, agricultural and botanical; chemical and technological; commercial and economic; indigo’s various uses in textiles and art; and its many sociological, medicinal and folkloric connotations.