The finely woven weft float patterning on this Manjak pano d’obra cloth was called “serpent”. Manjak weavers had a repertoire of complicated supplementary weft float designs that reflected a long history of Portuguese intervention on the mainland and in Cape Verde. These designs required a second assistant weaver to manipulate the set of string heddles that allowed this type of design to be reproduced along the full length of the cloth strips. Dates from the second half of the twentieth century. Seam are neatly sewn by hand. From a Swiss private collection. In excellent condition.
Measurements: 69 ins x 48 ins, 176 cm x 122 cm.
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