Friends of Decorative Arts: West African Textiles
The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level Museum membership.
FODA programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm during season. Non-FODA members can attend for $5, plus MFA admission.
For centuries peoples of sub-Saharan Africa have processed native silk, using it combined with cotton and kapok, to weave supple, precious textiles. Known as Faso dan fani–literally “country cloth–the fabrics were used as prestige garments. Woven in striking colors of indigo, turquoise, chartreuse, and white, these distinctively striped textiles also could be “read” as each carried an associated proverb. Join Dr. Genevieve Hill-Thomas as she shares her passion for and knowledge of African Textiles.
Genevieve Hill-Thomas, Women Wearing Faso-Dan Fani Textiles at a Festival, Burkina Faso, 2010