Style Africa

On the 8th September the Scotsman and I visited Birmingham to see ‘Forests’ at the Rep Theatre.  We also paid a flying visit to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and saw an exhibition called Style Africa – A Journey through the textiles of West Africa..

A room full of fascinating African Textiles, mostly from Ghana, many handprinted.  I loved the use of figurative objects to form pattern – see the flying laptops and discs or the strange tree stumps in the photos.  Also a form of resist printing using cassava flour paste in the way a batik would  use wax – an example of using what you have to hand – to make the beautiful blue cloth with intricate patterning.

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