FR613 – -Extremely rare embroidered resist indigo dyed shawl in a now obsolete style called dudu tak once made and worn by ladies of the Wolof and neighbouring peoples of Senegal. These rare cloths seem to have developed from attempts, perhaps in the nineteenth century or even earlier, to replicate complex and expensive woven designs from Cape Verde using a cheaper embroidery resist technique. drawing on long established traditions of more simple tie dyed cloth patterning in the Senegambia area. Imported cotton cloth, often cut up into narrow strips for patterning, or with patterns that echoed the narrow strip designs, were embroidered by hand with intricate motifs. The cloth was then dyed in indigo, and as a final stage, the embroidered motifs cut away with a razor blade or sharp knife, to leave white designs on a blue ground. The cloth could then be re dyed, as here, to leave pale blue areas of patterning on a dark blue ground. On this piece the ground cloth is a damask patterned with a flower motif, adding another layer to the design. Dates from early to mid C20th. Condition: as is typical of old cloths made using this technique there are numerous small holes where removing threads has weakened the cloth. However these are only apparent by holding it up to the light and do not detract from visual impact.
Measurement: 92 inches + fringe x 30 ins, 235cm + fringe x 77cm
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