I am very interested in textiles in general, so yesterday's review in the New York Times of two current exhibits of African textiles caught my eye.
Among the works illustrated in the accompanying slide show, I particularly liked the one reproduced at left because I'm so attracted to the deep blue of indigo. "Bannière" was created by Rachid Koraïchi , a contemporary artist born in Algeria who now lives in Paris.
As Karen Rosenberg explains in her review, Koraïchi "makes reference to the complex history and geography of indigo in large vertical banners filled with text from an eighth-century Sufi mystic."
"Bannière" from "7 Variations Autour de l'Indigo,” 2002, by Rachid Koraïchi