Fabric Africa exhibition

Magazine for Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Technology

Photo: Audrey Migot in her wedding dress © Joseph Hall, joseph-hall



Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – On now until 19 May 2018

Fabric Africa is a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa.

Highlights from our World Cultures and British and Empire and Commonwealth collections will 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 1800’s to the present day and come from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Mali and Swaziland amongst others.

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

For more information: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/fabric-africa


Accompanying events

Fabric Africa fashion show – 17 October 2018

Celebrate African textiles and culture with an exciting eventing of catwalk fashion, Afrobeats music and special guest speakers.

For more information: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/fabric-africa-fashion-show


Fabric Africa family fun – 30 October 2018

Learn about stunning African textiles and have fun making your own creations. Workshops last one hour. Age 5+.

For more information: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/fabric-africa-family-fun


Fabric Africa: Our collections – 17 November 2018

Get a close-up view of some of the amazing items that we didn’t have room to show. With Edith Ojo and Audrey Migot.

For more information: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/fabric-africa-our-collections


Fabruc Africa textile workshop – 9 February 2019

Try your hand at decorating textiles using African techniques. With Barbara Disney and Liz Hewitt. Age 16+.

For more information: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/fabric-africa-textile-workshop

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