From the simplest tie-dye wrapper to the most sumptuous Kente cloth, African textiles display a wide variety of materials, designs, and techniques. Although many of these textile traditions are unique to a particular African culture, others are the product of complex interactions with European and Asian trade networks.
Joanne Eicher (DHA faculty emeritus) will present the Textile Curatorial Council lecture, "Are All African Textiles African?," on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 2-3 p.m., in the Wells Fargo Community Room at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A reception will precede the lecture at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10; free for Textile Curatorial Council members.
Eicher is a leading authority on African textiles.
Eicher, who is also editor-in-chief of the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashon, will deliver the 17th annual Darl Snyder Lecture on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 10 a.m., in the University of Georgia chapel. The lecture series was established in 1992 in honor of Snyder for his dedication, research, and service to learning programs in Africa. The event is an annual opportunity to bring accomplished scholars in African studies to the University of Georgia campus.