African Fractal Art

Saya Woolfalk

Self similarity and fractals play an important role in a lot of art, including both modern (including this example of Afro-Futurism) and traditional African art.

Fulani Wedding Blanket

Fulani wedding blanket

The traditional Fulani wedding blanket is woven primarily from camel hair. The weavers who created it say that spiritual energy is woven into the pattern and that each successive iteration shows an increase in this energy. Releasing this energy is spiritually dangerous; the weavers say that if they were to stop in the middle (where the pattern is most dense, and hence the spiritual energy is greatest), they would risk death. The engaged couple must bring the weaver food and kola nuts to keep him awake until it is finished.

Cornrow Hairstyles

This link will take you to the Cornrow Curves CSDT website. There you can take a more detailed look at the geometric transformations you have been using. When you are done just use the back button on your browser to bring you back to here.