Silence of the Women Bamana Mud Cloths
The Silence of the Women
Bamana Mud Cloths
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Price: $75.00
  • Trim Size: 8 14 x 10 14
  • ISBN: 88-7439-670-8
  • EAN: 9788874396702
  • Page Count: 368
  • Illustrations: 78 color and 54 black-and-white illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

The Silence of the Women is the first full-length scholarly work devoted entirely to the textiles created by women of the Bamana people in Mali, West Africa. These traditional mud-dyed cloths have typically been treated as craft, but here, they are presented as a complex art form. Sarah Brett-Smith sensitively 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. Exploring both art-historical and anthropological considerations of technique, style, symbolism, and function in Bamana textiles, this book illuminates a previously understudied art and gives voice to the women who make it.

About the author

Sarah C. Brett-Smith, professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, specializes in the study of Bamana ritual art and medicine. She is the author of The Making of Banama Sculpture.