Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
23 May – 6 September 2015
Exploring the social and historical significance of textiles made and worn in Africa.
Kanga from Kenya and Tanzania, capulana from Mozambique and shweshwe from southern Africa provide insight into the social, political, religious and sexual concerns of the communities who wear them. Worn in both secular and sacred contexts, these textiles play a central role in all major rite-of-passage ceremonies in the region; patterns and inscriptions vary according to the wearer's identity and age.
The display also explores the ways in which such textiles have influenced contemporary artists and photographers.