This pictorial survey is arranged visually with a focus on design, particularly color and pattern. The fabric is contemporary, most made of cotton primarily in Africa commercially, and many designs are printed adaptations of traditional African woven textiles. The designs can serve as a reference and inspiration to artists and designers of fabric and fashion. There are complex and abstract patterns, florals, pictorials, animal and figural themes.
Shirley Friedland studied and excelled in fabric design competition at the Cleveland School of Art and now collects exotic fabrics. Leslie Pi a is a noted scholar and author on twentieth-century decorative arts, having written several other books with Schiffer Publishing.