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Photo © A.Phillips

Photo © A.Phillips
Photo © A.Phillips

Photo © A.Phillips

31 August 2012
by Dorota Drajewicz


‘Stripcloth Splendours - Contemporary Revival of West Africa’s Textile Heritage’ is an exhibition presented by SOS-SaveOurSkills organization as Burkina Faso’s contribution to the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012. Drawn from the unique ‘Projet de Tissage’ in Burkina Faso, this exhibition brings together the story of the ancient textile traditions and heritage of West Africa and its survival in the 21st Century.


The exhibition will examine the significance of the traditional textile heritage featuring the work of master weavers and exploring the importance of sustainable development through cultural and environmental revival. The showcase will also include original objects used in textile weaving process including wooden spindles, hand spun cotton, a traditional wooden handloom, rolls of stripcloth and a variety of textiles and garments.


The exhibition will be open from 11 September – 27 october


Venue: London Printworks Trust, Unit 7 Piano House,

Brighton Terrace, SW9 8DJ

Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.00


Also join in the discussions at these two curated events which will run along side the exhibition:


‘Why Indigenous Design Matters’

Seminar and Panel Discussion

Thursday 20th September 2012

10.00 – 12.00

V&A, Sackler Education Centre, Seminar Room 1

Free Admission


‘Contemporary Textile Design based on Cultural Identity and Heritage’

Seminar and Panel Discussion

Thursday 24th October 2012

18.30 – 21.00

The Printworks Trust

Free Admission


Also as part of the African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora

the collection will be placed at AACDD 2012 Bargehouse Festival

‘Untold Gold’

The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1

19–24 September


Click here to learn more about the exhibition at AACDD.


For more information about the International Showcase please see our guide.