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African Apparel

Threaded Transformations across the 20th Century

MacKenzie Moon Ryan, PhD

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 263 6

    Size: 250 x 210 mm

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 112

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    Date published: February, 2020

    UK £23 /US $35.00


  • Accompanies a major exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
  • Essential reading for those interested in African textiles, jewellery, clothing, history and cultural studies
  • Includes unpublished artworks from across the African continent


Featuring stunning examples of African textiles, clothing, headwear and jewellery, this elegant new volume celebrates dress as a product of global interactions, generational conflict and continuity, and an expression of gender. This richly illustrated catalogue highlights the strength and resilience of long-standing practices that characterise African dress. From formal European colonisation, to independence for African countries, to the liberalisation of African economies, this book beautifully illuminates how a wide variety of motivations and identities are reflected in African material culture of the last century.

Accompanies the exhibition African Apparel: Threaded Transformations across the 20th Century at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Florida, 18 January to 17 May 2020.

Author information

MacKenzie Moon Ryan is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She serves on the editorial board for the scholarly journal African Arts. Her research and publications focus on African textiles, dress and fashion.