African Textiles Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

In this lesson, students will become familiar with African fabrics, their origination and best uses. This lesson includes independent reading, two activities and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • define important terms
  • physically identify African textiles
  • determine the best use of each textile fabric


This lesson will take 90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.


Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.


  • indigenous
  • textile
  • stencil
  • raffia
  • bast
  • resist
  • adinkra cloth
  • kente
  • bogolan
  • adire


  • Prior to class, list the vocabulary above and ask students to define each term.
  • During class, ask students to list fabrics they wear.
  • Poll the class to determine which fabrics students like to wear the best and why.
  • Next distribute a copy of African Textiles: Patterns & Techniques and ask students to read independently.
  • Then to confirm their understanding of the lesson distribute the lesson quiz.

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