TALK: Afrikan Textiles: Reclaiming Stolen Histories, Identities, and Technologies through Dress Practices
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
n this talk-showcase, Zingha Foma will present her research project entitled “Afrikan Textiles: Reclaiming Stolen Histories, Identities, and Technologies through Dress Practices.” Informed by historical research, Zingha argues that Afrikan textile production and dress practices are crucial modes for self-liberation. Currently focused on West Afrikan textiles before European colonization, she demonstrates that Afrikan dress practices are a significant text for understanding Afrikan socio-political histories and identities, and histories of science and technology. Her core research interest is Afrikan self-liberation which, in this case, she articulates through scholarly research and practical innovation. Zingha puts her knowledge from historical research to practical use by designing unique items of clothing that she wears every day. She will talk about her research and showcase her creations.