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Cloth in West African History (African Archaeology Series) Paperback – June 2, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0759104228 ISBN-10: 0759104220

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This book is a 'must read' for scholars and students fascinated by African textiles as well as anyone who wants to learn more about West Africa. Cloth was and continues to be highly prized by West African peoples, and this study provides evidence that weaving, dyeing, and sewing pre-dated contact with Europeans. Kriger brings to her research a background mix of being trained both as an artist as well as a historian. I much admire her work. (Joanne B. Eicher, University of Minnesota; editor of Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion)

This book will definitely satisy historians of technology; it offers a state-of-the-art view of what we know about the history of cloth in West Africa, always explained in outstanding technical detail... <Cloth in West African History sets a new very high standard for the study of textiles in Africa―or really for any part of the world.... (Heather Marie Akou Technology and Culture)

By focusing on the appearance and production of three West African textiles, Kriger also clarifies connections between embellished cloth and politics, which vividly show how textiles articulate with general historical trends and events in the Niger basin area. (E.P. Renne, University of Michigan CHOICE)

This is an outstanding work that turns textile production into textile narratives, a seamless weaving together of the evidence on looms and dyeing to create a brilliant history of textiles as a beautiful garment of a book. Rich analyses embroider a compelling presentation that reveals the author's power to thread together the extensive region of the Lower Niger and the Guinea Coast. As textiles become words of wisdom, we learn about the garments of kings and priests, brides and bridegrooms, and what attire can teach us about Islam and morality, trade and ideas, history and culture. (Toyin Falola, The Frances Higginbothom Nalle Professor in History and University Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and)

This book will definitely satisy historians of technology; it offers a state-of-the-art view of what we know about the history of cloth in West Africa, always explained in outstanding technical detail... sets a new very high standard for the study of textiles in Africa―or really for any part of the world. (Heather Marie Akou Technology and Culture)

...Kriger's technical analysis of textiles in West African history is rich; her chapters are replete with descriptions of looms and weaving techniques and how diverse materials, including locally produced as well as imported yarns, were valued by local artisans and consumers over time. (Beth A. Buggenhagen Museum Anthropology Review)

...Kriger has...succeeded...[in writing] a social, political, and economic history of the Nigerian culture area by employing sources seldom used by historians...it will be an influential example of how to attempt a regional history of textile production in Africa. (Onaiwu W. Ogbomo, Western Michigan University Africa)

...offers much grist for the scholarly mill. It will be useful to students and scholars in a wide range of fields, from archaeology, and history, to art history and anthropology as well as to textile specialists at large. (February 2007 H-Afrarts)

Cloth in West African History is highly recommended for readers...who wish to educate themselves more deeply...who wish to bring material culture studies into their Africa survey, or more specialized, courses....Readable and consistently interesting, Kriger has managed to make a potentially dry subject into one that gives us a sense of the real richness of one sometmes overlooked form of African wealth. (International Journal Of African Historical Studies, October 2008)

Kriger's meticulous attention to origin and to productive scheme helps the reader understand where things came from and how they became integrated into different societies. (Reviews in Anthropology)

About the Author

Colleen E. Kriger is professor of history at University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
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Product Details

  • Series: African Archaeology Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759104220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759104228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Yukon Gold on December 31, 2013
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I really wanted to learn about African Fancy Prints - but you can really only understand the present but learning about the past. This book provided a large amount of historical data, and i learned a lot. thanks
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