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Handwoven African art at Morgan

THE BALTIMORE SUN

One of the oldest of the traditional arts of Africa is on display at the James E. Lewis Museum of Morgan State University, in the exhibit "The Women Weavers of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland."

The exhibit, sponsored by the International Trade Center of the United Nations, features beautifully colored handwoven tapestries, blankets, shawls, baskets, jackets and jewelry made by members of three weaving cooperatives.

The natural scenic beauty of Africa, its animals and scenes of village life are pictured in the tapestries, which are made on wooden looms using handspun wool colored with natural dyes.

Everything in the exhibit is for sale. According to Gabriel Tenabe, curator of the museum , more than 90 percent of the items on display have been sold, but reproductions can be ordered until the exhibit closes February 22.

The James E. Lewis Museum is in the lower level of the Murphy Fine Arts Center on Hillen Road, just south of Coldspring Lane. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call (410) 444-3030.

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