African Print: A Textile Story, Made In Kyoto

Seiji Namiki, Aya Ueda, Mihoko Aoki


Seigensha, 2019. Paperback, 168pp., 6 x 8.5 inches


Japanese-made multi-colored textiles in an “African print” style were a highly sought after commodity loved by local people, especially during the 1960s and ’70s. These unique cloths with a variety of patterns were produced in Japan and exported to various African regions, where they were transformed into typical garments, from festive outfits to everyday wear. It was a booming cross-cultural industry, which this book presents in stunning detail and colors, with numerous examples of swatches, archive photographs, and a textile history. Text in Japanese.