Patterns of Life: West African Stripweaving Traditions

September 28, 1987 – February 29, 1988

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Tracing the stylistic and technical development of West Africa's weaving traditions among the Fulbe, Soninke, Dyula, Ewe, and Yoruba people, the exhibition of 36 textiles culminates in the display of luxurious examples of Ashanti Kente cloths. Included are a silk wrapper of 10 narrow handwoven strips worn by men of the Asante people of Ghana, a cotton furnishing fabric woven by the Mende people of Sierra Leone, and a wool blanket worn by the Fulani people of Mali.

No photography permitted