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AFRICAN LACE: A HISTORY OF TRADE, CREATIVITY AND FASHION IN NIGERIA. Ed. by Barbara Plankensteiner and Nath Mayo Adediran. Museum fur Volkerkunde Wien-Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 2010. Organized in association with National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Lagos. Published in association with Uitgeverij Snoeck, Ghent. 256 pp. with 265 ills. (222 col.). 30 x 25 cm. ISBN 9789461610003 In English.
Examining how the industrially embroidered "lace" fabrics produced in Switzerland and Austria since the late 19th century have been adopted for formal and "traditional" attire by Nigerians since the 1960s, this beautifully illustrated and well-researched catalogue explores the cultural, social and political significance of these brightly colored fabrics now so closely identified with Nigeria, while also discussing such topics as the European design and manufacture of the textiles, the modern trade relations that helped to create this phenomenon, the fabric's aesthetic similarities to certain traditional textiles, and recent Nigerian fashion history.
Indexing: Western, Europe, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa — Nigeria — Textile/Fiber Arts, Costume/Fashion
Plans: 69,02,04
Worldwide Number: 034097
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