Shaping Culture Through Cloth in Contemporary Mali
By (author) Victoria L. Rovine
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Bogolan by Victoria L. Rovine
Book DescriptionFocusing on a single Malian textile identified variously as bogolanfini, bogolan, or mudcloth, Victoria L. Rovine traces the dramatic technical and stylistic innovations that have transformed the cloth from its village origins into a symbol of new internationalism. Rovine shows how the biography of this uniquely African textile reveals much about contemporary culture in urban Africa and about the global markets in which African art circulates. Bogolan has become a symbol of national and ethnic identities, an element of contemporary, urban fashion, and a lucrative product in tourist art markets. At the heart of this beautifully illustrated book are the artists, changing notions of tradition, nationalism, and the value of cloth making and marketing on a worldwide scale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253220295
(6466mm x 4531mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Victoria L. Rovine
African Fashion, Global Style, Paperback (January 2015)» View all books by Victoria L. Rovine
Looks at fashion, international networks of style, and the world of African aesthetic expression. This book introduces fashion designers whose work reflects African histories and cultures both conceptually and stylistically, and demonstrates that dress styles associated with indigenous cultures may have all the hallmarks of high fashion.
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Author Biography - Victoria L. Rovine
Victoria L. Rovine is Assistant Professor of Art History and African Studies at the University of Florida. She is a contributor to Fashioning Africa (IUP, 2004). She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
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