NA109 – Berber Bakhnug, Libya, early C20th. Wool, cotton. Condition is excellent.
Indigo dyed wool and cotton bakhnug women’s cape from the Berber peoples of Libya. The lighter cotton woven patterns do not take up the dye as much as the wool, leaving them prominent against the darker wool ground. On this piece they are unusually large scale and strong, marking this piece as a scarce Libyan variant form (personal conversation with Renate Menzel, an Austrian expert on the textiles of Tunisia and Libya.) Libyan textiles are poorly documented and little known, while most Tunisian forms of the bakhnug are relatively well represented in public and private collections See the photo from my recent book, Clarke & Ali-de-Unzaga, African Textiles at the foot of the page for a bakhnog in use.
Measurements: Size: 75 inches x 43 inches. , 190 cm x 109cm.
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