MODERN IGBO TEXTILE ARTISTS, 1970 TO 2005

MODERN IGBO TEXTILE ARTISTS, 1970 TO 2005

ABSTRACT

This work studies the modern Igbo textile artists from 1970 to 2005, the first 35 years after the Nigerian Civil War. The primary objective of the study is to fill the gap created by the non-availability of literature on the modern Igbo textile art and artists, and establish the modernist tendencies. The work studies the history – the growth and development, and the creative activities of the modern Igbo textile artists. It takes a summative look at the Igbo textile traditions – the Igbo weaving communities. The emergence of modernism on the western and Nigerian art scenes as well as the Igbo textile art is analytically studied, and the obvious similarities highlighted. The study profiles some of the modern Igbo textile artists, particularly the creative activities of modernists like Uche Okeke, Chukwuanugo Samuel Okeke, Ifedioramma Dike, Godson Onyebuchi Diogu, Nicholas Amamchukwu Anozie, Jane Nwakaego Emeafor, Adaobi Loretto Olikagu, Sylvanus Odoja Asogwa and Rita Doris Edumchieke Ubah whose works are analytically studied under a historical periodisation. The evaluation covers a collective and synthetic analysis of their works. The work also discusses the aesthetic prominence in the modern Igbo textile art and the conceptual attributes of the works of the modern Igbo textile artists.