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SF Tribal & Textile Art Show at 30

The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, from 18-21 February 2016. Started by the late Bill Caskey and Liz Lees, and still run by Lees and her vastly experienced team, SF Tribal is the USA’s most influential annual gathering of international dealers, collectors, designers and aficionados of world ethnographic arts. 

Smend batik

Indonesian Batik, Rudolph Smend, Cologne.

This year, some 80 leading galleries, many from outside the USA, will be vetted by a team of in-fair experts to ensure authenticity and quality. They will present materials from the Far East, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa, Oceania and Polynesia. Over the years SF Tribal participants have earned a reputation for exhibiting rare and unique pieces within the field.

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Piupiu Woman’s Skirt with Taniko Band Top Border. Maori, New Zealand, Harakeke flax, 19th/very early 20th Century. Ex collection Patricia Withofs, acquired in London 1994. Thomas Murray at the SF Tribal Show

The 2016 special invitational exhibition in the foyer at the Festival Pavilion is ‘Don’t Miss INDIA!’, a display of photographs of India and Indian textiles curated by Bay Area dealer Tom Cole. Spanning the entire subcontinent, the exhibition focuses on the everyday beauty of India.

Cole Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Thomas Cole. ‘Don’t miss INDIA!’

This year the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show is being held in conjunction with The American Indian Art Show at the Marin Center in nearby San Rafael (19-21 February), with more than 150 dealers and artists selling antique American Indian, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Contemporary American Indian Art. Bringing together these two historic shows creates one of the most important and exciting weekends of the year for tribal, textile and American Indian arts.

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