Dogon uldebe cloths are a special subgroup of the wider Malian tradition of thick blue and white handspun cotton textiles and have to this day an important role in Dogon society. An uldebe always has nine strips and nine rows of supplementary weft float patterning, said to reflect the significance of the number nine in Dogon beliefs. Uldebe were only woven in a few villages of the Pinyari area, east of the town of Mopti. They were used as an insignia of rank but their primary role was as shrouds for the burial ceremonies of both men and women of status. This example is in excellent condition and dates from the second half of the C20th. From a Swiss private collection. In excellent condition.
Measurements: 110 ins x 57 ins, 280 cm x 145 cm.
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