Subtle Blue and White Grid Ewe

Exceptional blue and white cotton Ewe kente cloth with subtle variations throughout.

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E910 – Many of the finest examples of Ewe kente weaving are best understood as a subtle interplay between similarity and difference. On this exceptional blue and white cotton cloth, the master weaver has begun with a fairly frequently woven design in which a broad blue central stripe on each strip interacts with paired blue weft faced blocks to create a regular grid design. In most other examples this is set off by small weft float motifs in red and yellow, but in this case he has used only pairs of much narrower weft stripes in the same dark blue. However the initial impression of overall regularity and similarity this creates is disrupted on closer attention when we notice that subtle variations are placed throughout the cloth, in the positioning of the narrow stripes, in their width, in the addition of white patterns within some, in white stripes within a few of the broader blue blocks. in a single blue zigzag, even in the use of two shades of blue for the broad stripe in the warp. Dates from circa 1902-40, and is in excellent complete condition.

Measurement: 111ins x 70, 282 cm x 177.

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.)