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Accidentally on Purpose: The Aesthetic Management of Irregularities in African Textiles and African-American Quilts
by Eli Leon
This exuberantly illustrated book celebrates the sophistication, vivacity, and significance of improvisational African-Aemrican quilts, both as artistic achievements and as expressions of African-American traditions. The knowledge, attitudes, and values carried across the Atlantic by enslaved Africans appear to have informed a quiltmaking tradition so powerful that, to thi ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Figge Art Museum
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This book is a must read by every quilt historian and quiltmaker of today. Mr. Leon is an expert who has spent over 25 years studying the aesthetics of what he calls Afro-Traditional quilts, tracing design elements to various woven textiles of West and Central Africa. It is a book that requires not just close purposeful reading but studying. I took copious notes, underlined and marked pages of specific interest. With lots of photos of quilts and their related forms in African textiles one must r ...more