Beautiful faded indigo prestige munnyuure cloth, Fulani, Mali, mid C20th, thick hand spun cotton. These cloths were called munnyuure, a Fulfulde word meaning “to patiently endure”, with the implication being that only the most patient weaver could create such a cloth. They were used over a wide area of Mali by Fulani, Bamana, and Dogon peoples. In the case of the Dogon a sub-type called uldebe was primarily used as a shroud and body substitute in funerary rites for senior men and women. Owning one was a sign of high status, and they could be worn as wraps, or for women, as head covers. They were also widely traded and Gardi suggests that this trade value was in part responsible for the continuity in design extending back at least 500 years to the fragments found in the Tellem caves in Bandiagara. This is an attractive example with notable variation in the shades of indigo. Condition is excellent.
Measurements: 84 inches x 53, 214 cm x 134
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