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African Majesty: The Textile Art of the Ashanti and Ewe Hardcover – October, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500236399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500236390
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marie Waterman on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
African Majesty is the historical study of the weaving practiced by two separate West African tribes. Inhabiting the present day countries of Ghana and Togo, the weaving traditions of the Ashanti and Ewe have been traced from the writings of the European explorers of the 15th century.Their seemingly simple process is called "strip weaving". Strip weaving is the art of hand weaving narrow(3"-5")strips which are later hand sewn together into larger pieces to make the wearing cloth of both men and women. Intensely laborious but extremely portable, these combined strips are referred to in the West as "kente" cloth, a mixture of color and pattern which has been imitated in fabric prints. The team of Adler and Barnard, a textile scholar and a writer, has produced a magnificent collaboration which showcases this art. 131 color illustrations,including many full page plates, reveal the native use of intricate patterning and a wide range of colors. Each example is numbered and the patterns contained therein are named by their tribal name, translation, explanation of uses by particular segments of society and their place of origin. The pictured cloths are really incredible. Before reading this book I had dismissed this type of cloth as a hodgepodge of simple plain weave thrown together like a crazy quilt. Seeing the multitude of patterns and reading about the fine silk and cotton yarns employed has given me an appreciation for this painstaking craft. Barnard and Adler have compiled a wonderful book, enhanced by maps of the region, a glossary of African terms and a bibliography. Though even in the face of Western influence the simple everyday strip cloth material continues to be purchased and worn, it is the specially commissioned designs which are disappearing. Hopefully this book will attract a wide audience and stimulate demand by private collectors for this awesome handweaving.
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By 2crazy4books2 on October 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
African Majesty: The Textile Art of the Ashanti and Ewe

by nicholas barnard ~ peter adler

Within the borders of present-day Ghana and Togo, there exists a tradition of weaving. Inspired by the demands of royalty and ceremony, the weavers of the Ashanti and Ewe tribes have created cloths that combine colour and pattern. Worn like the togas of ancient Rome, these textiles are made from narrow lengths of cotton or silk, first woven on small drag looms, then cut and sewn together. The bands of colour are often balanced and enhanced by the woven details of motifs, providing a vocabulary of information for the owner and the onlooker - an indication of prestige or rank, or as a reflection of the key elements of everyday life. Over 130 textiles are included in the book, together with full descriptions of each example. An historical survey, an explanation of the methods of weaving and the use of cloths, is also included. This text should appeal to anyone interested in textile history, in African culture, or in tribal art.
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Format: Hardcover
This book, about the magnificent textile tradition of the male Ashanti and Ewe weavers of Ghana and Togo, is filled with inspirational photos of cloths made of strips woven on narrow looms and then stitched together. The strip cloths show in this book are woven in silk; the authors say that the silk component of the industry is very small, and that most of the cloths are woven in cotton and other fibers. The design diversity created by the weavers is astounding, the quality of the weaving impeccable. I bought the book to serve as inspiration for quilt designs and it will serve that purpose admirably. Best of all, the book is still available at reasonable prices. Highly recommended.
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By Theseus on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This review is for the hardback Thames and Hudson first edition of 1992.

Oversized hardback with dustjacket. Sewn binding. Maroon cloth over hardback boards. 192 pp, 3.5 pounds.

131 color illustrations; handful of b&w illustrations.

Most interesting, the leaves of the book that are not color plates are on thick, goldenrod paper -- something between paper and card stock.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Plates 1-30 Ashanti

Strip-weaving in West Africa
Ashanti and Ewe: A History
The Ashanti Cloth

Plates 31-80 Ewe

The Ewe Cloth
The Looms and Materials

Plates 81-131 Ewe

Notes to the Plates
Maps
List of Illustrations in the Text
Further Reading
Glossary
Index
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By ROBERT SALES on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
AFRICAN MAJESTY: I LIKE IT, ARE THERE MORE BOOK I CAN PURCHASE?

I RATE THIS PRODUCT 100%. PLEASE SENT ME MORE BOOK TITLES, THAT RELATE TO AFRICAN MAJESTY
AFRICAN MASKS, AFRICAN TEXTILES. TITLES I DO NOT KNOW THEM
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