old african photographs
June 4, 2005 5:34 AM   Subscribe

african dress traditions as shown in a collection of old photographs ... (some photos show bare breasted women)
posted by pyramid termite (9 comments total)
50, is that you?
posted by pwedza at 7:08 AM on June 4, 2005

Thanks pyramid termite, there's actually a lot in there through the other links. I got lost and absorbed for nearly an hour.
posted by peacay at 7:11 AM on June 4, 2005

His Highness Oba Eweka II wins. (Great link, by the way.)
posted by the_unutterable at 7:20 AM on June 4, 2005

I like the kid in the background behind the queen mother in this one holding his hand up to his chin. Like you're looking at me, well I'm looking at you.
posted by scheptech at 7:21 AM on June 4, 2005

great post!
posted by anastasiav at 9:22 AM on June 4, 2005

For another example of African garb, see here. "Africa" is a pretty diverse place.
posted by Goedel at 9:31 AM on June 4, 2005

Actually, the Nigerian formal dress (as in Goedel's link) dominates my conception of African clothing; other than that, when I think of African clothing, I think of jeans and t-shirts, print dresses, blue and white school uniforms, etc.

This link goes well with the one a couple above it.
posted by jb at 11:36 AM on June 4, 2005

Cool, but as peacay said definitely follow their links, as there is a wealth of other good stuff.
posted by arse_hat at 9:18 PM on June 4, 2005

Nice pictures. I like the geometric graphics on some of the fabrics.

I've seen some traditional Masai clothing in news stories about the people, and the rich red, often checked cloth they wear is visually appealing too.
posted by PY at 9:29 PM on June 4, 2005

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