Art of African Textiles by Atim Oton with State of the Arts NYC
Calabar Imports Harlem 2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10030
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5 PM
Atim Annette Oton will talk about the diverse African textiles from the new modes of production, materials and motifs. She will discuss materials like silk, cotton, to wool, how textiles are woven in strips, tied and dyed, stamped into batiks, waxed and spun.
Oton will share how African countries specialize in silk and cotton kente, woven in Ghana to earth-toned mud cloth from Mali, and deep indigo–toned fabrics dyed in northern Nigeria. And she will discuss how wool and cotton strip-woven architectural elements are created in Mali and Niger; blue indigo, resist-dyed textiles are produced in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon; textile panels composed and woven by Igbo women and Yoruba men in Nigeria, and a series of robes and tunics are designed from regional fabrics from Algeria to Nigeria.
Finally, Oton will trace how textiles were imported into sub-Saharan Africa, through trade routes that extended south across the Sahara from North Africa until the 15th century and subsequently by Europeans along the Gold Coast. And vital to the discussion how ” African print evolved from Holland, successfully marked by European textile manufacturers seeking new markets for their own exports in the 19th century.