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Do you own African textiles? You may want or need to have them appraised. To sell or insure them, you'll need to know the exact value of your ethnic textiles. To find out, call in an expert in African art.

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Textiles

African textiles: social and cultural markers

African textiles are rooted in the most ancient traditions. They transcend simple clothing to become symbols of profound meaning. Used in a variety of contexts, ethnic textiles embody cultural identity and the skilled African weaving techniques.

These techniques vary considerably across the continent. Mali’s bogolan, for example, is a clay-dyed textile, decorated with stunning geometric and organic patterns. Ghana’s kente fabrics are hand-woven with a palette of vibrant colors, often telling stories or conveying proverbs.

Passed down from generation to generation, the techniques used to make traditional African fabrics gave rise to intricate weaving, meticulous African embroidery and ancient tribal dyes.

Today, African weavers continue these traditions in contemporary ethnic textile creations. They combine traditional motifs with modern techniques and designs, always respecting the ancient customs of the continent.

Your African textiles appraised

The primary purpose of an appraisal is to reveal the value of your African fabrics. However, a specialist in African art won’t limit themself to the face value alone. They will carry out an in depth study of your ethnic fabric to provide you with important information about its origins, history and secrets.

To achieve this, the expert draws on technical and practical knowledge, not only of tribal fabrics, but also of the art market.

The appraisal of your African textiles begins with identifying the textile in question. To do this, the expert examines the fabric, patterns, colors and texture. They also analyze textile fibers and dye pigments. The date and geographic origin of the fabric can thereby be determined.

The appraisal of your African fabric continues with assessing its state of preservation. Your specialist checks for signs of wear, damage and previous restoration work.

All this information is used to determine the intrinsic value of your African textile. Its asking price depends on supply and demand on the art market. These two elements are included in the report that your expert will provide you. Not only will you discover the value of your African textile collection, but also its entire history!

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