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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.20.2014

Get The Picture

[All images in this post from Taschen's Peter Beard.]

This photo of Peter Beard, in one of his tents at Hog Ranch near Nairobi, is a familiar sight thanks to Taschen's series of books (and the internet). Maybe each time you've seen it, your eyes have understandably zeroed in on Beard wrapped in stripes. But take a look at the other stripes in the picture, lower left.


The cloth is covering Nejma Beard's dressing table circa 1990. Glamping before everyone was using the word.

I love the idea of a woven African textile as a backdrop for European-style bottles and brushes, so I pulled some different examples. Below are museum pieces, just for inspiration, but if you're looking to buy, check out the vast range of vintage and antique pieces at Adire.


20th-century cotton and silk from Nigeria (Yoruba peoples). Collection of The Met.


Strip-woven Yoruba cloth from the British Museum.


19th-century woven stripes likely created in Nigeria. Via British Museum.


1960s indigo resist-dyed cloth by the Yoruba people of south-western Nigeria. V & A collection.

More 1960s indigo, tie-dyed cotton also by Yoruba peoples. Via the V & A.


Plain-weave 1930s or 40s striped cloth, possibly from Mali. Via British Museum.

2 comments:

penelopebianchi said...

Divine! Just plain divine!

Both of them!!!

Holly said...

You're right, you just never would have noticed that second textile! What a great run through you provide on some interesting styles. I've always been more of a sucker for East Africa than West Africa, but I'll be keeping an eye out now for more Yoruba creations.