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Ukara Cloth Beadwork

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Ira Blount
late 20th-early 21st Century
glassbeads, nylon, laserjet print on cardstock
9 5/8 × 8 9/16 × 1/16 in. (24.5 × 21.8 × 0.2 cm)
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Gift of Ira Blount
Text from the Birmingham Museum of Art and a reproduction of ukara cloth contextualizes the inspiration for this geometric and striped beadwork piece. The light and dark triangles and squares in black, yellow, green, and red seed beads represent a leopard’s spots. The Ekpe—or leopard—Society in Nigeria uses these shapes in their textiles to honor the animal. In this way, artist Ira Blount gestures towards his African American heritage and the global influences on his work.
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