Indigo Gallery

Indigo was the foundation of numerous textile traditions throughout West Africa and cloths dyed with indigo may also be found on other sections throughout our gallery. For centuries before the introduction of synthetic dyes the ability to transform everyday white cotton into prized deep blue cloth was a mysterious and highly valuable skill passed on by specialist dyers from generation to generation. A century ago blue and white striped cloth was the normal attire across a vast area from Senegal to Cameroon, while numerous traditions of "shibori" type resist pattern dyeing flourished. Although today only isolated pockets of real indigo dyeing remain it is still possible to source old cloths from some remote areas. We have a large collection of vintage strip weave hand-spun cotton indigo cloths which are popular for use in interior decoration as well as appealing to indigo enthusiasts and African textile collectors. The cloths below are woven wholly or predominantly from local hand spun cotton, giving a thick, soft texture. Part of the appeal of indigo is the way it fades with years of wear and this is represented in many of the cloths shown. Note that these old, well used and frequently washed cloths will not shed colour on handling. For more information visit our Indigo guide page. Full description of each cloth, together with price and ordering information, can be found with a larger picture by clicking on the thumbnail images. On this page we show details of a small area of each cloth only, but I make sure they represent the colour and condition of the entire piece. Although all are vintage and well used I select carefully to ensure only good condition pieces are displayed below.


Photos below show a detail of strip pattern on each cloth.

Men's cloths - large size

Ind324: US$675 Ind326: US$675 Ind327: SOLD Ind328: US$675 Ind330: US$675
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Ind331: US$675 Ind298: SOLD Ind333: US$675 Ind300: US$675 Ind334: US$675
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Ind335: US$675 Ind336: US$675
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Women's cloths - smaller size

Ind171: US$325 Ind317: US$325 Ind172: US$325 Ind337: US$325 Ind338: US$325
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Ind319: US$325 Ind205: US$325 Ind339: SOLD Ind267: US$325 Ind263: US$325
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Ind268: US$325 Ind340: US$325 Ind341: US$325 Ind342: US$325 Ind271: SOLD
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Plain indigo cloths

Fringed Mossi women's wrapper cloths from Burkina Faso, lightweight and with a soft feel, these are among are most popular cloths. For more background information on these cloths please visit the post on my blog here.
Ind343: SOLD Ind344: US$165 Ind305: US$165 Ind306: SOLD Ind345: SOLD
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Ind346: SOLD Ind309: US$165 Ind310: US$165 Ind347: US$165 Ind252: US$165
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Ind348: SOLD Ind349: US$165 Ind314: SOLD Ind315: US$165 Ind350: SOLD
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