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This exhibition presents a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across Africa.

Highlights from Birmingham's World Cultures, British, Empire and Commonwealth collections reflect the variety of patterns, colours, materials and techniques created, as well as focusing on the personal and provocative stories they can tell.

The selection of textiles and clothing dates from the late 1800s to the present day and come from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Mali and Swaziland among others.

From mud cloth to adinkra, barkcloth dresses to kanga cotton prints, ‘royal’ kente cloth to huge embroidered agbadas, this exhibition offers a taste of the amazing ingenuity of the textile artists of Africa and explores the importance of cloth in the social and political lives of those who wear them.

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