Textile Society of America


Date of this Version



Published in Sacred and Ceremonial Textiles: Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Chicago, Illinois, 1996. (Minneapolis, 1997).


Copyright 1996 by the author


The cultural and economic significance of textiles and clothing in Africa is still being documented. Most of this video profiling contemporary textiles and clothing in The Gambia, West Africa was taped in November and December 1995 as a part of a doctoral research study which examines the relationship of traditional textiles and clothing to the development of The Gambia. Historical and contemporary influences on dress in both urban and rural areas are shown in the context of the indigenous cultural setting. Brief scenes of weaving, tailoring, and cloth dyeing are included. The video is designed to be used as both an educational and marketing resource.