"The Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth" video and slides
1 Video recording ((12:25 min.) (VHS) , sound, color)
Photographs taken by Gavin Ashworth during the summer of 1987 in several villages in Mali and Cote d'Ivoire. The images detail all phases of strip weaving, from the spinning of yarn to the assemblage of the individual strips into large pieces. The still photographs were used in the video which was entitled, Patterns of Life: West-African Strip Weaving Traditions, produced by Caribiner, Inc. for the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1987. Text accompanying videos for sale reads, "In many areas of West Africa, fabric is woven in long narrow strips. The strips are cut to length and then sewn together to make rectangular cloths with striking geometric patterns. These beautiful cloths are worn as wrappers, shawls, and robes. Originally a slide presentation for an exhibition, the Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth explores the creative activities of the various artisans involved in textile production: spinners, dyers, weavers, and sewers."
Michael Conner photographs
Photographs taken by Michael Conner of pottery in Southern African in 1978 and 1985.
Elizabeth Chilver Study photographs
Kaberry, Phyllis M.
Photographs taken by Elizabeth Chilver and Phyllis M. Kaberry of people, costumes and architecture in Cameroon from 1958 through 1963. Duplicate prints from a photographic collection held by the Pitt Rivers Archives in Oxford, England.
Kathleen Daubert Smith photographs
164 Slides (photographs) (1 volume, color)
Photographic prints taken by Kathleen Daubert Smith of coptic art in Ethiopia in 1999. One image is of a priest.
Henry John Drewal Collection
Series 1 is comprised of photos taken by Dr. Henry Drewal while traveling in Morocco from May 29, 1997 to June 21, 1997. The series includes images taken in Casablanca, Rabat, Salé, Fès al Bali, Meknès, Sijilmassa, Rissani, Marrakech, and Essaouira. Subjects include architecture, market scenes, craftsmen and artisans at work, musicians, landscapes and city …
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Richard Wechsler photographs
Photographs taken by Richard Wechsler during his travels in Senegal and Gambia, circa 1970.
Congopresse study photographs
Photographs taken by Congopresse photographers in the Belgian Congo. Accompanying the images are French and Flemish language captions which include specific information on locations and photographers, though often without dates.
Historic maps of Africa collection
The Historic Maps of Africa collection includes 78 maps and dates from circa 1631 to 1973. Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.
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Marli Shamir photographs
89 Photographic prints ((1 v.), black and white, 23 x 18 cm. or smaller)
Photographs taken by Marli Shamir in Mali, in 1971. The majority of the images show architecture in Djenne, Mali. Other images depict architecture of the Dogon in Timbuktu, Gao and San. Photographs from this collection were featured by Labelle Prussin's thesis entitled, "The Architecture of Djenne; African Synthesis and Transformation," (Yale University, 1974) and in her book entitled, "Hatumere: Islamic Design in West Africa," (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986). The images have also been displayed in an exhibition entitled, "Marli Shamir Photographs from the Sahel," held in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in 1976.
"L'Afrique Occidentale Française" photographs
Twenty-two of thirty photographs published in the picture book entitled, L'Afrique Occidentale Française, by Librairie de l'enseignement, Paris, 1934. The book was the twenty-first book in a series of thirty-six picture books. The images are numbered 601 through 530. Missing image numbers are 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 612, 613 and 625.