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Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas


September 28, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Featuring more than 40 textiles, garments and other works of art, this exhibition offers the opportunity to experience the aesthetic power and rich cultural histories of textiles produced across the continent of Africa. Whether used for everyday functions, high fashion, costumes or sacred rituals, the textiles featured in this exhibition highlight the diverse influences that continue to shape these vibrant art forms, including the regional and global exchange of ideas, techniques and materials.

Exhibition Support

This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and made possible by Michael and Donna Singer, the Harn 20th Anniversary Fund, the 1923 Fund, the Center for African Studies, the Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Endowment for Focus Exhibitions at the Harn Museum of Art, and Mary Ann and Richard Green, with additional support from the Harn Program Endowment.

The Currier’s presentation of Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas is supported by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., M. Christine Dwyer and Michael Huxtable, the TD Charitable Foundation, the Botnick Family Foundation/E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and TD Bank.

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Image caption: All images from Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Photo credit: Randy Batista Photography Top: Kweku Kakanu Asafo Company Flag with Griffin (frankaa), C. 1940s, Cotton, 41 ½ x 65 in. (95.3 x 165.1 cm) Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund, 2011.40.1; Bottom: Ekpenyong Bassey Nsa, Nigerian, born 1973, Ebonko Masquerade Ensemble, 2010, Multiple Media, General size when costume is on form: 5 ft. x 29 in. (160 x 73.7 cm), Museum purchase with funds from the Caroline Julier and James T. Richardson Acquisition Fund, 2010.68.1