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Kano Cloth: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Kano Cloth is the only fabric in the African Collection derived from a specific African textile. Based on the famous strip-woven cloths of Ghana, Larsen's simplified version retains the elegance and the rich tonalities of the original. Larsen's marketing team worked very hard to create a romantic context for the collections, crafting publicity that conjures up visions of cultural traditions and the exotic landscape of Africa. Kano Cloth was the subject of some of the most poetic descriptions. One press release declares,"The weaves, said by fabric experts to be the finest work ever produced by Larsen, are rich in color, intricate in design, and one, Kano Cloth, is reminiscent of the fine tapestry woven strip fabrics done in the remote villages of Ghana. They are so luxurious in interpretation that African officials in this country have called them "Chieftain Cloth" after the West African cloths which are painstakingly crafted and allowed to be worn only by the chiefs and kings."
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009