This showcase of 36 textiles from 18 countries represents the diversity of African culture and textile-making traditions.

Textiles from Africa are as varied as the continent itself. Materials ranging from raffia palm fiber and silk to recycled wire are expertly woven, knit, knotted, plaited, embroidered, beaded, stamped, painted, and dyed to create a staggering variety of textiles. A Diverse Continent features two dozen unique textile-making traditions from across Africa, encapsulating one facet of the continent’s staggering diversity.

A Diverse Continent, developed with the support of Sandy and Jack Winder, is the second exhibition planned for the newly opened Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. The Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to year-round, rotating displays of textiles and clothing from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Thursday, May 9th, 2019, repeated every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706