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THE SILENCE OF THE WOMEN: BAMANA MUD CLOTHS. Sarah C. Brett-Smith. 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Abrams, New York. 368 pp. with 84 ills. (49 col.) and 46 reference ills. 27 x 21 cm. ISBN 9788874396702 In English.
Publisher's description: The Silence of the Women is the first full-length scholarly work devoted entirely to the textiles created by women of the Bamana people in Mali, West Africa. These traditional mud-dyed cloths have typically been treated as craft, but here, they are presented as a complex art form. Sarah Brett-Smith sensitively explores the hidden cultural testimony written into the mud-cloth patterns, documenting women's silent visual commentary on the events that dominate their lives--excision, arranged marriage, childbirth, and death. Exploring both art-historical and anthropological considerations of technique, style, symbolism, and function in Bamana textiles, this book illuminates a previously understudied art and gives voice to the women who make it.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa — Mali — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 161259
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