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October 14, 2012 By Andy Ross

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New book for the library - African Basketry

We have a new book for people to read and marvel at. African Basketry is A Gallery of Twill-plaited Designs and Patterns by Paulus Gerdes, published in November 2007  in Mozambique. Really interesting and very useful for anyone interested in different traditions and patterns from the continent.

In yet another curlew moment, page 14 talks about bringing 'music' into the texture. Apparently, for the Tonga in southeastern Mozambique (and north Zimbabwe) the interruption of a regular, balanced twill in certain places brings ndzimo, song and music into the weave. Isn't that a lovely idea!

The library at the studio is open to the public when the studio is open and by appointment at other times. To use the reference library, contact us and spend a day in Yell with great books and magazines, music, coffee and company.