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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1925,1125.2

  • Description

    Kpopko cloth; weft dominated; hand woven cotton; composed of eight narrow strips hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge creating a rectangular textile with a fringe of twisted warp threads. Weft faced plain weave; natural coloured cotton warp; dyed black, yellow, red and natural cotton coloured wefts. The cloth consists of broad bands of black, yellow and natural coloured cotton with a central band composed of slim stripes of red, natural coloured cotton, black and yellow all of which are part of the ground weave. There are also areas of supplementary weft decoration both within the bands: 1.areas of black and white check; 2.areas of red and yellow check; and scattered across the textile in the form of red, yellow and black motifs.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 320 centimetres (including fringe)
    • Width: 145 centimetres
  • 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).

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1925

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1925,1125.2

Kpopko cloth; weft dominated; hand woven cotton; composed of eight narrow strips hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge creating a rectangular textile with a fringe of twisted warp threads. Weft faced plain weave; natural coloured cotton warp; dyed black, yellow, red and natural cotton coloured wefts. The cloth consists of broad bands of black, yellow and natural coloured cotton with a central band composed of slim stripes of red, natural coloured cotton, black and yellow all of which are part of the ground weave. There are also areas of supplementary weft decoration both within the bands,  1.areas of black and white cheque  2.areas of red and yellow cheque  and scattered across the textile in the form of red, yellow and black motifs.

Kpopko cloth; weft dominated; hand woven cotton; composed of eight narrow strips hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge creating a rectangular textile with a fringe of twisted warp threads. Weft faced plain weave; natural coloured cotton warp; dyed black, yellow, red and natural cotton coloured wefts. The cloth consists of broad bands of black, yellow and natural coloured cotton with a central band composed of slim stripes of red, natural coloured cotton, black and yellow all of which are part of the ground weave. There are also areas of supplementary weft decoration both within the bands, 1.areas of black and white cheque 2.areas of red and yellow cheque and scattered across the textile in the form of red, yellow and black motifs.

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