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The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End

On October 1st, 2008, The Metropolitan Museum of Art held the opening reception for the exhibition, The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End. The myriad distinctive regional traditions represented in this exhibition included the expansive monumental wool and cotton strip-woven architectural elements created in Mali and Niger; a rich range of deep blue indigo, resist-dyed textile genres produced in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon; textile panels composed and woven by Igbo women and Yoruba men in Nigeria, to be wrapped around the body as apparel; and a series of impressive voluminous robes and tunics that have been designed from regional fabrics from Algeria to Nigeria.