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Blanket "munyuure pinia." Blanket made of nine hand-woven cotton strips hand-sewn together selvedge to selvedge. Made of natural colour locally produced cotton threads, and locally produced cotton threads indigo dyed before weaving.
The decoration is organised in blue and white bands with transverse continuous weft-faced arrangement. Nine bands have a white background and are decorated with blue trapezes and dots made in supplementary weft technique, forming in negative image a succession of white lozenges separated by white and blue lines. The other bands are blue and white plain weave bands some of which are decorated with either blue or white lines.
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Length: 292 centimetres (including fringe)
Width: 154 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The munyuure pinia is an ancient design traditionally made in the locality of Pinia (Pigna), between Sevare and Bandiagara, hence the name of the textile. It is used by the Dogon as a marriage blanket and in funerals to wrap the corpse. The model is a variation of the classic munyuure, another old pattern used by the Fulbe of the Inland Delta of the Niger River. The lozenge motif is called "jowal" and is a motif commonly found in the Inland Delta weavings.
Woven on a double-heddle narrow strip loom. The whole textile is woven from one continuous warp strip. Each strip is designed in order to match with the strips next to it in order to form the overall design. The weaver plans in advance the designs of each strip according to the desired overall design and length. The motifs are formed by the various different colours of weft threads and types of weft-work. During the weaving process a short length of un-worked warp threads is left between the edges of the adjacent strips to mark the intervals. After the weaving the strips will be separated by cutting the woven piece in the un-worked intervals, and then they will be assembled together by sewing them selvedge to selvedge.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2006 (22 November)
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased during a fieldwork and collecting trip to Mali by Dr Claude Ardouin (Dept of AOA) from 10-25 November 2006. Purchased from funds provided by Townley Group.
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