Threads: Writing and Graphic Systems Embedded in African Textiles
Typically, writing systems are methods of visually representing verbal communication and are based on a script and set of rules that regulate their use. However, writing systems differ and fundamentally have to be a reliable form of information storage and transfer.
This presentation spotlights African textiles and the exceptional significance that they have as a form of communication, information storage and transfer. Other than the historical and spiritual significance they hold not only in the choice of colours, dyes, and threads; they also incorporate symbols and figural compositions which are directly linked to proverbs and elements and therefore represent another dimension of story-telling that takes the place of the written word.
About Fungi Dube
Fungi Dube is a strategic, intentional and calculated Brand and Visual Identity Graphic Designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is a delicate balance of process and creativity; years of applied experimentation and research have nurtured the ability for her to think divergently and process creative solutions in a fluid and dynamic way. Her work is heavily influenced by the delicate yet profound nuances that are embedded into African cultures like natural elements/features, patterns and colour as a form of visual communication which propel her passion for elevating the African narrative through modern identity systems.
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