Subtle graphic weft float motifs in indigo hand spun cotton form four registers of design across this fine men’s wrapper cloth from the Baule people of central Ivory Coast. While later ikat patterned Baule cloths are very plentiful at the moment, earlier Baule textiles woven from hand spun thread such as this piece are extremely rare. Four groups of four strips with the same weft float motifs are bordered by a red warp stripe along the lower edge, a residual sign of Dioula influence on Baule weaving (and perhaps this piece was woven by a Dioula for a Baule patron.) There are subtle variations in the float motifs and I particularly like the changes within the sloping lines of stripes in the top set. Condition is excellent. Dates from mid-twentieth century
Measurements: 90 ins x 70 ins, 230 cm x 178 cm.
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