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.
|Ind324: US$675||Ind326: US$675||Ind327: US$675||Ind328: US$675||Ind330: US$675|
|Ind331: US$675||Ind298: US$675||Ind333: US$675||Ind300: US$675||Ind334: US$675|
|Ind335: US$675||Ind336: US$675|
|Ind171: US$325||Ind317: US$325||Ind172: US$325||Ind337: US$325||Ind338: US$325|
|Ind319: US$325||Ind205: US$325||Ind339: SOLD||Ind267: US$325||Ind263: US$325|
|Ind268: US$325||Ind340: US$325||Ind341: US$325||Ind342: US$325||Ind271: SOLD|
|Ind343: US$165||Ind344: US$165||Ind305: US$165||Ind306: US$165||Ind345: US$165|
|Ind346: US$165||Ind309: US$165||Ind310: US$165||Ind347: US$165||Ind252: US$165|
|Ind348: US$165||Ind349: US$165||Ind314: US$165||Ind315: US$165||Ind350: US$165|
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