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Wall hanging "Niger". Rectangular piece, composed of nine (9) hand-woven narrow cotton-threads strips hand-sewn together selvedge-to-selvedge. The decoration is organised in transverse bands with continuous weft-faced arrangement. Decorations are done in supplementary weft technique. There are
- five white background bands with black design in form of two pairs of opposed triangles and bars
- four white background bands with red design in form of two pairs of opposed triangles and bars
- five black bands decorated with groups of four coloured lozenges (green, red, yellow, and white)
- two black bands decorated with the number "1991"
- three plain black bands: two at one end and one at the other end.
The strips end in loose warp threads.
1. Two srips had been sewn the wrong way around, creating discontinuity in the weft-faced band.
2. In one strip a red design had been made instead of a black one, and a black design instead of a red one.
- Production date
Length: 333 centimetres (including fringe)
Width: 168.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a hand-woven marriage wall-hanging of the type used by the Fulbe. It is meant to be used as a decorative wall-hanging or to be folded and placed in a pile with other woven pieces to decorate the bed. This model is called "tapi Niger", referring to the fact that the wall hanging was made in Niger. The number 1991 suggests that the piece was made in 1991.
This model is called "tapi Niger", refering to the fact that is was made in Niger. It was woven by a Hausa weaver on a double-heddle narrow strip loom. The whole textile is woven from one continuous warp strip. The motifs are formed by the various different colours of weft threads and types of weft-work. 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. 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 are separated by cutting the woven piece in the un-worked intervals, and then they are assembled together by sewing them selvedge to selvedge. In this case the bands with the designs show significant variations in their warp-faced dimensions, and therefore after assembling they did not match precisely, hence the impression of irregular weft-faced bands.
The bands give the impression of irregular weft-faced bands due to significant variations in the warp-faced dimensions of the groups of designs, and therefore after assembling they did not match precisely. Two abnormalities must also be noted:
1. Two strips are had been sewn the wrong around, creating discontinuity in the weft-faced band
2. In one strip a red design was made instead of the black one that would have been normally expected, and a black design was made instead of the red one normally expected. It is unclear whether that was deliberately done or whether it was made by mistake.
- 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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