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Cloth, Dress and Art Patronage in Africa


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Part I The impact of patronage on the arts of Africa; art patronage as a generator cloth and dress; cloth and dress as a mirror of culture in Africa; patron roles; leadership arts in state societies. Part II The development of hausa, Nupe and Yoruba cloth and dress productions: historical context of leadership, trade and art patronage; patterns of production and consumption of luxury cloth in the nineteenth century; the impact of trade on continuity and change in twentieth century Nigerian cloth traditions; production and consumption of Yoruba cloth and dress in the late twentieth century.

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Also available in hardback, 9781859732908 GBP50.00 (March, 1999)

About the Author

Judith Perani Ohio University Norma H. Wolff Iowa State University


'Rich details from the West African literature and the authors' own research in contemporary Nigeria illustrate the many ways that cloth mediates social circumstance.' Choice Finalist in the Arnold Rubin Award for Outstanding Publication

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