Graphic Mystery Cloth


FR867 – Enigmatic cloth collected in Togo

1 in stock


Reminiscent of a monochrome contemporary artwork, a double thread of thick indigo dyed handspun cotton meanders back and forth across each strip on this intriguing mystery cloth. Changes in the spacing both along and between strips resonate against the neighbouring rows. Solid indigo wefts provide a frame around three edges of the cloth, broken only by a single block of white at the lower edge. A line of weft float motifs delineates the centre. Collected in Togo but possible woven either there or in neighbouring Benin Republic, we know of no similar pieces and can’t be specific about the precise origin of this beautiful cloth. The size suggests use as a shawl or perhaps a woman’s wrapper. It’s in excellent complete condition and likely dates from the first half of C20th.

Measurements 78 inches plus fringe x 41, 199 cm plus fringe x 104.

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