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corte

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1980,27.313

  • Description

    Foot-loom woven corte made of silk, with colourful warps and wefts that cross as in a plaid, and embellished with rows of overshot patterning.
    A single length (not sewn into a tube) of white/ pink/blue in the warp, crossed with orange/pink/blue/ fawn in the weft. Narrow bands of little blocks of supplementary weft in black and white, and diamond and undulating lines in white or yellow, which at first glance look like jaspe.

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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 83 centimetres
    • Length: 372 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Of particular interest are the narrow bands of little blocks of supplementary weft in black and white, and diamond and undulating lines in white or yellow, which at first glance look like jaspe. This may just be a coincidence but may be deliberate. The look is effected by using what Atwater terms ‘four harness overshot weave’ (Atwater, 1937, 47), the characteristic of which is that four ends of plain weave either side of the floats are woven with the brocading thread (as opposed to the ‘Monk’s Belt’ where the floats lie either on the front or the back with no intermediary intersections). The former softens the edges of the blocks, the latter sharpens.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hecht 2001 p.24 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1980

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1980,27.313

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