from the "better late than never", "interesting to me because it's african textiles," and "reason # 348467362536 i wish i still lived in NYC" department:
the metropolitan museum of art in new york city has a compelling show on at the moment called the essential art of african textiles: design without end, which is hosted in the museum's arts of africa, oceania, and the americas/ michael c. rockefeller wing. said show runs until april 5, 2009. more select, stunning images from the exhibit can be viewed here.
the exhibition looks at (west) africa's stunning and varied textile traditions, the place of said textiles in the marketplace, and the varying ways that contemporary artists have interpreted and used such textiles in their work.
for those (like me) who aren't able to go see this show in person, you can instead check out the accompanying exhibition catalog. i ordered one for myself...i cannot wait for it to arrive!