10 Popular African Textiles And Fabrics

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Textiles are more than just the fabric that make up African clothes. Their colors, patterns, and material often tell stories about African culture and history. One way Africans have defined themselves is through textiles, using them as a form of expression and a medium of communication in addition to personal adornment.

Tradition plays an important role in African fabrics. Today’s African textiles often marry tradition and contemporary influences to inform artistic expression, giving social, economic and religious insight into Africa’s many regions and communities. Here are 10 popular African textiles and fabrics.

Sources: Mg.co.za, DaGama.co.za, FashionDistrict.co.za, BBC.co.uk, Contemporary-Africa-Art.com, BritishMuseum.org