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Social Fabric: African Textiles Today

The rich fabric of African textiles reflects changing times, fashions and tastes. From eastern to southern Africa, the social and historical significance of these beautiful and diverse materials are also reflected in the identities of those who wear them. 

Come and explore this vibrant tradition as it is practiced in contemporary eastern and southern Africa. Learn about the meanings invested in the things people wear and how fashions link past traditions with contemporary society.  At the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington from 14 February 2015.  Normal museum admission applies.

This exhibition is touring to museums across the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes and is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.  You can search the Kanga Collection at the British Museum here


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Printed cloth with map of Africa, Kenya in green, inscribed ‘KARIBU MGENI’ ('Welcome stranger'), Kenya, 1980s © The Trustees of the British Museum


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