This fascinating Ewe woman’s cloth has a dramatically simplified style that has it’s closest parallels in a small group of nineteenth century textiles in the British Museum collected by Charles Beving at a place on the coast near the present Ghana /Togo border that was then known as “Quittah” (today “Keta.) Woven from industrial cotton throughout, it has a background of white with narrow warp stripes in very pale beige, on which are a number of weft faced blocks made up of simple clusters of solid stripes. Between a plain upper and lower edge strip, the strips alternate so that two large blocks and two small blocks spaced apart alternate with a single large block framed by two small. The small blocks are all orange and yellow except for two near the lower edge. The blocks are quite carefully aligned at the left side but increasingly freely placed as they move to the right. Overall a very strange composition and quite different from the norm on later cloths. Dates from the nineteenth century. Condition: complete, no holes, some minor faint marks.
Measurements 69 inches X 55, 175 cm X 141.
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