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Ewe chequered cloth; narrow strip hand woven cotton hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge. One edge of the cloth is bordered by a narrower strip which consists of a wide red band flanked by two yellow bands. The strip is plain weave; dyed yellow and red warps; dyed red wefts. Each of the other weft faced plain weave narrow strips consists of alternating red squares and yellow squares divided into three by blue bands. There are also bands of natural coloured cotton and dyed blue and green cotton dividing the cloth across the weft. The strips consist of natural cotton coloured warps and dyed red, yellow, blue, green and natural cotton coloured wefts.
Length: 97 inches
- Curator's comments
Stripweaves (pg 23)
This cloth is part of a group of West African weavings which can be classified as stripweaves. The cloths are ‘made up by sewing two or more widths together, selvedge to selvedge, are found in many parts of the world, reflecting the ease with which cloth the width of a weaver’s cubit can be woven on a narrow loom. However, it is only in West Africa that cloth is assembled by weaving on double-heddle looms in very long strips 2.5 to 45.7cm wide. They are then cut into requisite shorter length strips and sewn together to form a large rectangular wrap’ (Gillow, 2003. ‘African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Continent.’ London.Thames and Hudson).
Cotton cloth, woven in strips 3 inches wide, of alternating panels of deep pink and yellow with blue & white stripes, divided by pale blue strips.
Picton & Mack 1989:
'Detail of a cotton textile, probably Ewe, Ghana.'
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Register 1954:
"Given by the King of Dahomey to the vendor's father (Frederick Desnaux, trader in gold dust, palm oil, ivory etc, obit 1868) about 1865."
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