Large Fulani Kaasa


FR756 – Finely woven example of one of the iconic West African textile forms, a Fulani kaasa blanket, in a wider nine strip type that developed in the colonial period.


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Fulani “maabuube” men working in the Niger bend region of Mali were the only weavers in sub-Saharan Africa to make woollen cloths. These thick wool kaasa cloths, always made up of six strips, and with elaborate floating weft motifs, were traded across much of West Africa and prized for the warmth they provided during cold nights. Natural dyed and plain cream coloured wool throughout, these cloths are quite thick and heavy. This fine example is a wider nine strip type that developed in the colonial period. It was bought new in Mali in the 1970s and is in pristine condition. Would look great across the a bed. Modern kaasa can often be quite scratchy in feel leading traders to tell gullible tourists that they are camel wool. This older example is relatively soft.

Measurements 267 cm X 213, 105 inches X 84.

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)