A REVIEW OF FORMS AND FUNCTIONS OF IGBO TEXTILE SCULPTURE

Udeani Nkemdilim

Abstract


The free experimentation on and out of loom with the mastery of other textile techniques and materials gradually onwards click to the expression of abstract artistic concepts. Artists, from both Textile and Fine Art, found fiber, thread and textile based constructions the most or perhaps the only satisfactory medium of self-expression which gigantic size, flat or in the round, referred to as textile or soft sculpture. Most likely this art broke out from traditional arts as it is practiced in globally. In Nigeria, the art practices also followed the trend in which the Igbos played a part. This study traces the existence of textile sculpture in the traditional art of the Igbos and in which form they can be found. Historical analysis of product development was employed. It was discovered that masks and masquerades, scarecrows, ritual objects and festive regalia are aligned to Textile Sculpture as they are all created with fabrics and textile related materials.


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