Textile Traditions of Central Africa
Curated by Jetske Sybesma
November 27 to December 20, 2008

Visual Arts Alberta presents SKIRTS AND SQUARES, Textile Traditions of Central Africa.

Skirts & Squares, VAAA Gallery

Skirts & Squares, VAAA Gallery

This unique exhibition of traditionally made fabrics presents the highly regarded textile techniques of the Kuba tribes and the Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Men from the Kuba tribal confederation weave on single-heddle upright looms, while common decorate the cloth in a wide range of techniques such as applique, embroidery, cut-pile, and resist dying. The exhibition inclues skirts and aprons for both sexes as well as square and rectangular panels decorated with geometric designs used as dowry payments, symbols of wealth, or as ceremonial shrouds.

Jetske Sybesma, MFA, PhD, is an artist and art historian who for decades has promoted the visual arts in Alberta by curating innovative shows and by writing catalogue essays for national and international exhibitions of work by Alberta artists.

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