Week 2: Apparel Team tours new RISD Museum show with Professor Bolaji Campbell

Last Thursday the Apparel Team went to the RISD Museum to see the new exhibition, “Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Masquerade Ensembles of the Yorùbá.” One of the curators, RISD Professor Bolaji Campbell, was kind enough to give us a tour of the show and answer our questions about the outfits displays and the rituals shown in the videos. Since our focus for the summer is making costumes for our Afrofuturist play Futurewords: Uprising in September, it was inspiring to see the different patterns and construction techniques used in these African ensembles.

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