The Silence of the Women: Bamana Mud Cloths

Author: Sarah C Brett-Smith

ISBN: 8874396708

Number Of Pages: 368

Publisher: 5 Continents Editions

Release Date: 2014-09-16


The Silence of the Women is the first full-length scholarly work devoted entirely to the textiles created by women of the Bamana people in Mali, West Africa. These traditional mud-dyed cloths have typically been treated as craft, but here, they are presented as a complex art form. Sarah Brett-Smith sensitively explores the hidden cultural testimony written into the mud-cloth patterns, documenting women’s silent visual commentary on the events that dominate their lives—excision, arranged marriage, childbirth, and death. Exploring both art-historical and anthropological considerations of technique, style, symbolism, and function in Bamana textiles, this book illuminates a previously understudied art and gives voice to the women who make it.

EAN: 9788874396702

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