In Africa, colourful textiles (essentially cotton but also silk, linen and raffia) are used as a means of communication, information, allegiance to tribal roots, and recognition. The colours, intricate decorative patterns with a symbolic value, types of fiber chosen and production methods, like weaving, printing, dying, embroidering and appliqué, all have a cultural significance. Since traditional techniques like the use of natural pigments and hand painting tend to disappear, authenti...

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