San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show Celebrates 27th Anniversary

  • SAN FRANCISCO, California
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  • February 05, 2013

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Ogba ankle bracelets made from brass formed part of a woman’s dowry for the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. Worn in pairs and important symbols of status, woman wearing ogba were unable to take on normal domestic duties and increased her own social status and that of her husband and father.
Marcuson & Hal

The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show (SFTTA) will feature an exceptional assortment of art & antiques from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas this winter.  Taking place February 8 – 10, 2013 at the historic Fort Mason Center, the SFTTA is known globally as the destination for art lovers, collectors, Textile Arts Curators and Museum professionals to purchase new items on the marketplace, spot trends and evaluate the state of their own collections. Vetted for authenticity, the SFTTA will feature more than 15,000 textiles, arts, and antiques from more than top 100 galleries. 

Ancestral Shrine. 19th century or earlier. Kayanic Dayak complex, Borneo Island
Mark A. Johnson.

“Everything showcased at the SFTTA is museum-quality. The art and antiques we have available for purchase at our event are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also historically and culturally significant,” states Show Producer, Liz Lees. “Many of these techniques are fading away as more remote societies modernize. Our event is one of the only art shows that offer visitors the opportunity to experience these vanishing artworks.” 

Select highlights for the 2013 event include a Kenyan Luo shield, a 20th century ogba (ankle bracelet) from Nigeria, and 3rd Century Bodhisattva from Afghanistan. As with all the art and antiques that are showcased at the SFTTA, the physical beauty of a piece is enriched and enhanced by its history.

The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show opens with a preview gala on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6:00pm-9:00pm to benefit the galleries for Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Textiles galleries of the de Young Museum. The gala offers a ‘first look’ at the special exhibition of stitched quilts from the Indian sub-continent. 'Saami and Kantha - The fabled stitched quilts of Sind and Bengal' will showcase the finest examples of this quilting tradition, the Ralli quilts made by the Saami, a caste of beggars from the deserts of Sind in Pakistan and the Kanthas quilts from Bengal (West Bengal in India and Bangladesh).

Bodhisattva, 3rd cent., Afghanistan, 45 cm
Dalton Somare Gallery

General admission for The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Show is $15 per person.  To purchase tickets for the Opening Night benefit, please call 415-750-3518 or email  The Opening Night benefit takes place Thursday, February 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  This event is open to the public on Friday February 8, 11:00am-7:00pm, Saturday February 9, 11:00am-7:00pm and Sunday February 10, 11:00am-5:00pm.  There will be no admittance on Sunday after 4:30pm.  For more information, please call (310) 455-2886, or visit us on the web at  For press information contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi AGK Media Group at (323) 937-5488 or

Agnes Gomes-Koizumi

San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show
P.O. Box 1409
Topanga, California

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