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27th Annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show February 8 - 10, 2013
January 22, 2013  | 

The Annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show (SFTTA) will feature an assortment of museum-­‐quality masks, textiles, sculptures and jewelry. Taking place February 8 – 10, 2013 at the historic Fort Mason Center, the SFTTA is known globally as the destination for serious collectors, Curators and Museum professionals to purchase new items on the marketplace, spot trends and evaluate the state of their own collections. Hailed by art critics as the ‘best Tribal Art Show in the World’, this event is a unique and exceptional blend of Art History and World Culture. As one art reviewer states, “This one of my favorite art events of the year - so many objects to marvel at, learn about, and just plain appreciate that I don't even know where to start.”

The SFTTA will feature more than 15,000 textiles, arts, and antiques from more than top 100 galleries. Since coming to prominence in the 1960s, demand and interest in Tribal Art has grown steadily while the number of authentic art and artifacts remains fixed. As the modern world becomes smaller, fewer and fewer people living within tribal communities are continuing their traditional art forms. The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Show is one of the only nexus points where these disappearing arts can converge with the public.

 The 2013 SFTTA will feature a special exhibition of stitched quilts from the Indian sub-­continent. 'Saami and Kantha -­ The fabled stitched quilts of Sind and Bengal' will showcase the finest examples of this quilting tradition, the Ralli quilts made by the Saami, a caste of beggars from the deserts of Sind in Pakistan and the Kanthas quilts from Bengal (West Bengal in India and Bangladesh). Made from recycled materials, such as disused clothing or old cloth, the practice of making these quilts has evolved over centuries. The rare and intricate weavings range from depicting bold, abstract patterns to figurative representations of village life. 'Saami and Kantha -­‐ The fabled stitched quilts of Sind and Bengal' will be curated by Textile Folk Art Specialist, John Gillow.

The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show opens with a preview gala on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6:00pm-­9:00pm to benefit the galleries for Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Textiles galleries of the de Young Museum. The gala offers a ‘first look’ at the quilt exhibit as well as the thousands of art and antiques on display.To purchase tickets for the Opening Night benefit, please call 415.750.3518 or email

General admission for The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Show is $15 per person. The show is open to the public on Friday February 8, 11:00am-­7:00pm, Saturday February 9, 11:00am-­7:00pm and Sunday February 10, 11:00am-­5:00pm. There will be no admittance on Sunday after 4:30pm.

For more information: 310.455.2886