African Textiles

Colour and Creativity Across a Continent


A lavishly illustrated and encyclopaedic, continent-wide survey of the textile traditions of Africa


ISBN: 9780500292211 Category:

John Gillow


This book comprehensively surveys and celebrates in over 570 spectacular colour photographs the traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles of the entire continent of Africa.

Covering, region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, African Textiles outlines the vast array of techniques used as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these sumptuous textiles. In addition, the important influences on textile production – religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion and the changing role of women – are assessed in each of the different regions of Africa.

With a useful glossary and map, a guide to collections open to the public, and suggestions for further reading, this book provides a wealth of information on the rich art of African textiles.

Additional information

Weight 1200 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2016
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.6 x 27.6 cm
Weight 1200 g


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John Gillow has spent over thirty years studying, collecting and lecturing on textiles. His books include Arts and Crafts of India (with Ilay Cooper and Barry Dawson), Indian Textiles (with Nicholas Barnard), Traditional Indonesian Textiles, World Textiles (with Bryan Sentance) and African Textiles.