Courtesy of the British Museum, a colourful display of codified textiles from eastern and southern Africa will feature in Gallery 22.   The exhibition also features two examples from RAMM’s ethnography collection; a kanga from Kenya that celebrates the United Nations’ Decade for Women conference in 1985 and a head cloth made in Eritrea which depicts the double portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The exhibition explores the history, manufacture and social significance of African printed and factory-woven textiles.  The designs mirror the convergence of African tastes and patronage with strong historical and contemporary trading ties from across the globe.

Visitors are welcome to take photos and share them on social media #SocialFabric

Want to know more about the exhibition?  An interview with the exhibition’s curator Chris Spring is revealing.