The Silence of Women:  Bumana Mud Cloths

The Silence of Women: Bumana Mud Cloths

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by Sarah C. Brett-Smith

The Silence of the Women: Bamana Mud Clothes is the first full-length scholarly book entirely devoted to an African art form created by women of the Bamana people in Mali, West Africa. These traditional mud-dyed textiles have typically been treated as craft, but, here, they are presented as a complex art

form. Sarah Brett-Smith sensibly explores the hidden cultural testimony written into the mud-cloth patterns, documenting women’s silent visual commentary on the events that dominate their lives—excision, arranged marriage, childbirth, and death.

8.1 x 1.5 x 10.5 inches, 320 pages, Hard-cover.

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