FIBRES AFRICAINES au musée de la Toile de Jouy – une exposition co-curatée par l’Espace Culturel Gacha

01 October 2020 - 28 March 2021

The Espace Culturel Gacha responded to the invitation of the Musée de la Toile de Jouy, which, for the Africa 2020 season, wanted to design an exhibition highlighting the diversity and know-how surrounding African textiles.

We are pleased to present the exhibition Fibres Africaines, initiated and hosted by the Musée de la Toile de Jouy (Jouy en Josas) for which the Espace Culturel Gacha is co-curator.


This exhibition, as a technical and artistic retrospective of the textile productions of the continent, proposes to highlight the textiles of the African continent through a multitude of precise know-how (weaving, dyeing, embroidery, beading, and printing), original materials, and complex patterns.


Espace culturel Gacha is co-curator of the exhibition alongside Anne Grofilley.  The selected fabrics and objects on display come from private collections: that of Ly Dumas, President of the Jean-Félicien Gacha Foundation, and that of Anne Grosfilley, an anthropologist. They have entrusted the museum with textiles such as Ndop from Cameroon, Rabal from Senegal, Faso Dan Fani from Burkina Faso, Korhogo canvas from the Ivory Coast, Bogolan from Mali, raffia, Kasai velvet, Ntshak, Kente from Ghana and wax… The exhibition aims to address productions from different cultural areas, from North to South, from East to West.


The art of the printed canvas, of which the famous toile de Jouy is a part, became known to Europeans in the 16th century, then to the African and American continents through them; it was then imported and developed in Western Europe. This initiative carried by the Museum has an even stronger impact on Jouy-en-Josas as the town joined in 2012 Foumban in Cameroon to develop a lasting economic, social and cultural relationship.

© Musée de la toile de Jouy, Chateau de l’églantine

Helène Dubreuil, scenographer and Danilo Lovisi, cultural mediator, at work on the African Fibres Exhibition, January 2020, Espace culturel Gacha




Opening of the exhibition African Fibres

Musée de la Toile de Jouy

Thursday 16th June at 6pm

Musée de la Toile de Jouy, 54 rue Charles de Gaulle

78350 Jouy-en-Josas