Madder and Indigo Shawl


Rare variant of the bakhnug form of women’s cape from the Berber/Kabyle peoples of southern Tunisia.

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NA106 – This long tie-dye decorated wool cloth is a quite rare variant of the bakhnug form of women’s cape from the Berber/ Kabyle peoples of southern Tunisia. Tie-dye patterning at the ends and centre, coloured wool fringes, and silk braid trimming at the edges. The aubergine colour was achieved by successive dyeing in madder and then indigo. See my recent book, Clarke & Ali-de-Unzaga, African Textiles, page 302, for a related piece in the Thakar collection attributed to Southern Tunisia or Libya. Dates from mid C20th. Condition is excellent.

Measurements: 108 ins x 41 ins, 275cm x 104cm.

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.)

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