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August 20, 2008

Hair and Art in African Culture: Book Recommendation

I own this book and every person of African decent should own it too!!

In the Western world, people change their hairstyles as the trends change. In Africa, a hairstyle is a far more complex choice. In this continent, hair can indicate age, authority, social status and religious affiliation. Hair in African Art and Culture is a series of writings that examine the influences of hairstyles on the African community and the supernatural power that some believe a hairstyle can possess. It contains 175 full-colour and 25 black-and-white illustrations that shows the hairstyles, masks, combs, beads and headrests that dominate this culture. source

Cover Picture: Women with complex coiffure and hair ornaments, Fulani Tribe, West Africa.


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