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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.24.2014

Along the Same Lines

[Images via Anthropologie.]



Known for charming hand-block-printed napkins and tablecloths, Pomegranate has an African-inspired design, currently available through Anthro, that's all about the juxtaposition of a field of striped zebras with a wide rhythmic border.

[Indigo strip woven and resist dyed cotton cloth. known as Ndop Cloth, Baminiki People, Grassland of Cameroon, Mid 20th century via Esther Fitzgerald.]

Composed of squiggles and crisp dashes, the border's pattern calls to mind graphic strip-woven cloth and resist-dyed fabric.

[Lwalwa Artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo Mask, ca. 1875-1950 Wood, 11 inches. High Museum of Art, Fred and Rita Richman Collection, 2004.150. Photo by Peter Harholdt.]

Or even the design, just barely visible above, embellishing the top of a Congolese mask. Look for more original African design in the High's new show, African Mask/Masquerade:More Than Meets the Eye, opening tomorrow and continuing through September 14. And on Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m., the museum's curator of African art, Carol Thompson, will talk about the show and the High's ever-increasing holdings of African pieces.

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