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Printed and Dyed Textiles from Africa (Fabric Folios) Paperback – July, 2001

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John Gillow, traveler, writer, lecturer, and textile collector, has been tracking down outstanding textiles for the past 30 years. He spends part of each year traveling in Africa and furthering his passion for the stunning embroidered and woven fabrics worked by people of often remote areas. He is the author of Traditional Indian Textiles, Traditional Indonesian Textiles, and World Textiles.

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Product Details

  • Series: Fabric Folios
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295981385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295981383
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,889,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an 87 page overview of African printed and dyed textiles published by the British Museum Press in 2001. It has brief descriptions in it of the production of barkcloth, raphia, tie dye, stitch resist, starch resist, wax resist, clamp resist, adinkra, bogolanfini, and painted cloth along with some photographs. The cloth examples chosen for the photographs were not of the highest quality, though the photos themselves are quite good. This is the reason I gave it three stars. Another issue I have is with the prices being charged by second hand vendors on Amazon and other places on the Internet for the book. The original selling price was about $20, and I would say that is about what it is worth. You can add another $10 because its out of print. But do not pay $100 or $400 for it. You will be sorely disappointed. There are other books, including the 240 page African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent, also by John Gillow, that contain stunningly beautiful photographs of magnificent printed and dyed textiles, and cloth created by other techniques. You will get much greater value from this second book if you are looking for information and inspiration rather than a collectible.
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