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    Woman's wrapper made of silk composed of twelve narrow strips hand-sewn together at the selvedges. Each strip has warp stripes in combinations of green, magenta, yellow, blue, white and black. Weft-faced inlay blocks in same colours and supplementary weft float pattern bands at intervals along each strip. Wrapper has repeating group of five pattern blocks at either end. Warp ends unworked.


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  • Date

    • 20thC(early) (?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 200 centimetres
    • Width: 116 centimetres
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  • Acquisition date

    2006 (between 26 May and 2 June)

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired by the donor at Accra Cultural Centre market during British Museum mission to Ghana, 26 May - 2 June 2006.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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Object reference number: EAF80691

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