Global Trade and Cultural Authentication: The Kalabari of the Niger Delta (Paperback)

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By Joanne B. Eicher (Editor)
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Global Trade and Cultural Authentication, edited by Joanne Eicher, showcases the complexity and enduring aesthetic and economic power of Kalabari crafts. The Kalabari people, most of whom make their homes in the eastern Niger Delta region of western Africa, are renowned for the artistry of their textiles and dress, which have been traded or sold globally for centuries.

The 22 essays in this edited volume feature the work of leading Nigerian and American scholars and offer an in-depth, nuanced understanding of Kalabari textiles, aesthetics, and engagement with past and present global trade networks.

Using dress and textiles as a lens, Global Trade and Cultural Authentication explores the Kalabari people's centuries-long role in the global trade arena. Their economic interconnectedness demonstrates that Africa was never a dark continent but, rather, critically involved in a global trade built around Kalabari ingenuity and creativity.

About the Author

Joanne B. Eicher is Regents Professor Emerita in the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota. She is editor (with Brent Luvaas) of The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion: A Reader, editor (with Sandra Lee Evenson) of The Visible Self: Global Perspectives on Dress, Culture and Society, 4th edition, and former editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253062604
ISBN-10: 0253062608
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English