Large and rather unusual hanging cloth from Dori in the far north east of Burkina Faso, with some differences to other documented pieces from the same area. White hand spun cotton is combined with black, red and yellow dyed wool. A rather damaged piece that appears to be related is in the British Museum here. Bernhard Gardi, who is the expert on wool weaving in West Africa comments on this piece “This whole area around Dori is very interesting. The creativity in textile weaving clearly relates to its location on the edges of powerful cultural regions such as Massina, Hausa, and Mossi. Weaving techniques came from the Massina, while cotton was acquired from the Mossi farmers. But unlike in the Massina, weaving in the Liptako—in fact, in all the area east of Timbuktu—was carried out by “non-casted, enslaved or formerly enslaved Fulani weavers.” Made up of 6 strips each 28 cm width, with bands of simple supplementary weft float weaving and small white inserts. Dates from second half of twentieth century. In excellent complete condition.
Measurements 305 cm X 167, 120 inches X 65.
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