Stunningly beautiful faded blue and white version of the classic Malian blanket style. Typically when we see an indigo cloth this faded it has multiple condition issues but this rare example, just back from cleaning and conservation, is in excellent complete condition. A window into ancient West African textile design, this beautiful munnyuure cloth from the Fulani people of Mali dates from around 1920-1940 and is woven from thick hand spun cotton. Subtle variations in the colour of the indigo blue weft throughout. Munnyuure, is 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. 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. Measurements: 95 inches x 49, 241 cm x 124.
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