African History and Culture

There is a lot of historical and cultural meaning behind every woven African textile. It’s a major part of the heritage that speaks volumes of just how rich their story is as a nation.

Back in ancient kingdoms and civilizations, African fabrics were widely used for both social and political purposes, especially for special occasions. This includes tribal events, weddings, burials, and other important ceremonies. More often than not, there are specific patterns and ways of wearing or displaying it that denote a person’s level of importance within a society as well.

These fabrics were also used on a day to day basis as clothing and adornment, both for men and women. Such textiles were worn as wrap-around skirts, thrown over the shoulder, and as tunics and robes. This was a symbol of Africa’s unique identity and innate artistry.