Fabric of Life compares the cultural roles of African textiles and southern quilts, studies what is known about the artists who made them, and celebrates visual affinities and traces of influence from across the Atlantic.
Kente in the Community features treasured objects borrowed from the Birmingham community made of Kente cloth or bearing the Kente design. Kente cloth symbolizes achievement, pride, and excellence for many African descendents throughout the world.
Fabric of Life and Kente in the Community and associated programs are generously supported by the Wachovia Foundation. Fabric of Life is also supported by The Birmingham News. General exhibition support is provided by the City of Birmingham and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts.