Browsing Category Textiles & Fashion

Klanten (R.) et al (eds.) AFRICA RISING, fashion, design and lifestyle from Africa
335pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Berlin, 2016. R995
Includes photographs by Pieter Hugo, designs by Rich Mnisi, Marianne Fassler and Jenevieve Lyons and sculpture by Mario Cianfanelli.
Leeb-du Toit (J.) ISISHWESHWE, a history of the indigenisation of blueprint in southern Africa
302pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R955
"This is a wonderful book. Meticulously researched over many years, with a wealth of illustrations, it tells the fascinating story of blueprint cloth as it evolved across three continents, culminating in its remarkable assimilation into the cultural lives of southern African peoples. It is scholarly yet eminently accessible, and presents for the first time the global history of one of eastern and southern Africa's many machine-printed textile traditions, which have been overlooked in the literature for far too long. Truly a landmark publication," Christopher Spring, Curator, Africa, The British Museum and author of "African Textiles Today"

"Leed du Toit has richly contextualised the complex history and shifting cultural meanings of this textile. Along the way, she demonstrates that 'isishweshwe', or blueprint, or 'bloudruk', or 'isijalmani' - diverse names for the cloth that reflect its histories - offers a window onto southern African racial and class structures, technologies, economies and shifting conceptions of people's connections to both local and global cultures. This book has much to offer readers interested in South Africa, in global trade networks, and in the key roles of material culture in the expression of personal and cultural identities." Victoria Rovine, Associate Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of "African Fashion, Global Style: histories, innovations, and ideas you can wear"

Art historian Juliette Leeb-du Toit is currently a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
Mack (J.), Bouttiaux (A-M.), Sorber (F.) & van Cutsem (A.) AFRICAN COSTUMES AND TEXTILES, from the Berbers to the Zulus, the Zaira and Marcel Mis Collection
318 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., hardback, d.w., Milan, 2008. R1900
This book presents historical and modern African costumes, textiles and accessories used for everyday wear and for special celebrations from the Zaira and Marcel Mis Collection, and explores the different techniques, influences and meanings behind them.

Includes a section on southern African beadwork with an essay, "Say It With Beads", by Anne-Marie Bouttiaux.
201pp., colour illus., paperback, London, 2015. R395
A book on contemporary African design with a focus on furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry and lighting. Includes Madwa (South Africa, Madagascar & Swaziland), The New Basket Workshop, Master Wire and Bead Craft, and Feeling African (Zimbabwe & South Africa), Tintsaba (Swaziland), Centro de Arte Africana (Mozambique), Mutapo (Zimbabwe), and Zenzulu, Imiso Ceramics, Dokter and Misses, Haldane Martin, Heath Nash, Michou Bowls, Mud Studio, willowlamp, YSWARA, Ronél Jordaan Textiles, Shine Shine, and Skinny laMinx (South Africa).

Tapiwa Matsinde is a British-born designer, creative business consultant, blogger and writer.
Rovine (V.) AFRICAN FASHION, GLOBAL STYLE, histories, innovations, and ideas you can wear
315pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2015. R725
Victoria L. Rovine's study of how fashion is manifested in Africa and how Africa is manifested in fashion. She traces the complex networks of influence and inspiration, analysing the work of fashion designers whose work reflects African histories and cultures, and demonstrating that dress styles associated with indigenous cultures can have all the hallmarks of high fashion.

Includes a chapter on fashion design in South Africa.

"This book could be revolutionary. Victoria L. Rovine has provided a map of the African fashion terrain with sustained case studies that provide compelling evidence of the history, resourcefulness, and personal creativity behind African fashion." —Heather Marie Akou, Indiana University Bloomington

"A perceptive and thought-provoking inquiry into indigenous and international African fashion. Victoria L. Rovine demonstrates the relevance and special potential of fashion studies for providing new insights into the complex interconnections of African localities and global systems." —Suzanne Gott, University of British Columbia

"African Fashion, Global Style is a fascinating and important book, based on extensive research and written in a clear, accessible style. Victoria Rovine is one of the world’s greatest authorities on African fashion, and this is unquestionably the single best book on the subject." —Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT

"African Fashion, Global Style delivers on its title’s promise. Victoria L. Rovine establishes that modernity is not just a Western phenomenon, and provides examples of conceptual designers and smart consumers on the world’s second largest continent, offering readers new insights and hard data. She confirms that the intriguing topic of fashion is also serious business in Africa." —Joanne B. Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

Victoria Rovine is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
262 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, New York etc, 2010. OUT OF STOCK
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2010.

Contributions include:
"Global City, Urban Flux: three models of globalization from and in Africa" by Naomi Beckwith
"Eclectic Dialogue: the atchitectural search for an Afro-centric Design Aesthetic" by José Mapily
"Utopian Processes, Dystopian Premonitions: African craft and design answer questions we have yet to ask" by Keith Recker
"From Masquerade to Fashion and Back" by Judith Bettelheim
"Bushpunk and the Future of Africa" by Julie Lasky.

Includes work by Ardmore Ceramic Art, Black Coffee (fashion designers Danica Lepen and Jaques van der Watt), Egg Designs (Greg and Roché Dry), Zwelethu Mthethwa, Nesta Nala, Ntombi Nala, Heath Nash, Rueben Ndwandwe, Beverley Price, Kim Schmahmann, Esther Mahlangu, Clive Sithole, Ubuhle Beads (Ntombephi Ntombela and Bev Gibson), Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko, and Zenzulu (Marisa Fick-Jordaan) from South Africa, Mabeo Furniture (Peter Mabeo) from Botswana, and Gonçalo Mabunda from Mozambique.
256 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2012. R999
This book showcases African textiles from the British Museum, and discusses the significance of cloth in African culture.

Includes a chapter on the printed cloth of eastern and southern Africa.

Chris Spring is curator of the African galleries at the British Museum. He is also the author of "North African Textiles", "African Art in Detail" and "African Arms and Armour".
Tamagni (D.) photo. & comp. FASHION TRIBES, global street style
289pp., colour illus., hardback, d.w., New York, 2015. R500
Photographer Daniele Tamagni uses documentary shots and staged portraiture to capture fashion subcultures around the world: dance collectives in Johannesburg, South Africa; metal rockers in Botswana; models in Senegal; dandies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and more.

Each of the seven subcultures featured are accompanied by an essay exploring the facets of the style. Contributions include "Joburg Style Battles" by Asanda Sizani, former fashion editor of ELLE South Africa, and "Afrometals, Gaberone, Botswana" by journalist Katie Breen.

Daniele Tamagni is a freelance fashion and documentary photographer based in Milan. He received the 2010 International Center of Photography Infinity Award in applied fashion photography.
[Kries (M.) & Klein (A.) eds.] MAKING AFRICA, a continent of contemporary design
345pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Weil um Rhein, 2015. R1990
Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibiton which opened at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil um Rhein, Germany, in 2015.

"This is a book about the future of Africa and about a new, more open way of understanding design - which means it is also a book about what design can achieve in the 21st century." from the back cover

"Includes the work of over 120 "protagonists of Africa's new creative epoch", including Hannes Barnard, Ian Berry, Jody Brand, Justin Dingwall, Dokter and Misses, Egg Design, Larita Engelbrecht, Harron Gunn-Salie, Porky Hefer, Stephen Hobbs, Imiso Ceramics, Anton Kannemeyer, Michael MacGarry, Phetogo Tshepo Mahasha, Sabelo Mlangeni, Lucinda Mudge, Zanele Muholi, Marcus Neustetter, Jamal Nxedlana, Justin Plunkett, Kabelo Ramasobane, Robin Rhode, Athi-Patra Ruga, Chris Saunders, Gareth Steele, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Siya Ngcobo alias Umlilo, and Leanie van der Vyver from South Africa, Kudzanai Chiurai, Saki Mafundikwa and Sinjdiso Nyoni from Zimbabwe, Martin Joel from Botswana, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Isabel Martins from Angola, and Goncalo Mabunda and Mario Macilau from Mozambique