Textile Society of America


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Published in Textile Society of America 2014 Biennial Symposium Proceedings: New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Los Angeles, California, September 10–14, 2014,


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As an academic arriving in Nigeria on a three-year university leave, I became fascinated by a wide variety of handcrafted textiles and began collecting them for personal use. I saw them everywhere as I traveled and found that little documentation seemed available By the end of my stay, the collection had burgeoned. My paper provides an account of the intertwining of collecting and my academic curiosity,resulting in an introductory volume followed by unexpected depth of fieldwork related to a specific and unusual specimen that also led to a bigger project.