E1019 – Beautiful early Ewe weft faced strip weave men’s cloth from Ghana/Togo, circa 1900. Cloth is composed of 20 strips of 8 cm width, with the narrower 4.5 cm width warp faced red strip along the lower edge that was typical of this rare cloth style. Each strip is divided into rectangular blocks by changing the colour in the weft, with 43 full blocks per strip, giving a total of 860 blocks, arranged across the cloth in a regular stepped pattern. A smaller number of pale green and cream blocks add variety to the red, yellow, white, and blue arrangement. The general Ewe name for this type of weft faced textile is “titriku” which just means “thick cloth.” See Venice Lamb, West African Weaving, (1975) page 181 for a photo of a man (at left of group) wearing a similar cloth. Condition is excellent, complete, with original stitching throughout. These rather rare cloths should not be confused with later and much more common Fulani “tapi” cloths from Mali that have a superficially similar layout.
Measures 103 inches x 64, 262 cm x 162.
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