Mende Wrapper Cloth, Sierra Leone

SL021 – Rare and interesting early C20th cloth from a weaver of the Mende ethnic group in Sierra Leone, with a graphic pattern achieved by careful placement of blocks of black industrial cotton thread in the weft.

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Description

Rare and interesting early C20th cloth from a weaver of the Mende ethnic group in Sierra Leone, with a graphic pattern achieved by careful placement of blocks of black industrial cotton thread in the weft, a type of patterning that the Lambs in their book on Sierra Leone weaving suggest is called “stepi”, most likely from the English word “steps.” The warp has a subtle striped effect resulting from the alternation of sets of local white hand spun cotton thread with sets of thinner white industrial cotton. Small signs of wear but overall in very good complete condition. We very rarely find cloths from Sierra Leone. This piece was a chance discovery in an English vintage market.

Measurement: 89 ins x 61, 226 cm x 156 cm

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.)