Introducing Duncan Clarke

We are excited to introduce our first guest blogger, Duncan Clarke, who is a specialist on West African textiles.
 
He runs the fabulous shop Adire African Textiles, based in Alfie’s Antique Market in London, where he nurtures a veritable treasure trove of exquisite vintage textile finds. He travels regularly to West Africa to investigate new buys. This is a man who truly knows his wild moth silk and his petit mouton wool. I dare any textile lover to step therein, and emerge without a purchase. I certainly couldn’t.
 
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A view of Duncan Clarke’s specialist shop on West African vintage textiles

 
His doctoral research thesis was on aso-oke fabrics in West Africa, he has written a book on the Art of African Textiles, and consulted for the British Museum. He blogs regularly about textile related matters.
 
The Art of African Textiles - Front Cover

Book cover: The Art of African Textiles, by Duncan Clarke

 
We will be posting two short articles he has written specially for Toghal, describing a sample textile to illustrate both the aso-oke and the adire designs we use in our first collection.

 

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