Asante weavers working in the tradition of blue on white cotton cloths had an odd technique where they could impart a slightly textured effect within weft stripes by pulling the pick of the weft part of the way across the warp at an angle leaving a gap with the already woven part of the strip. When this pick was beaten down with the reed the thread remained ‘bobbled’ and uneven instead of the usual tight line. The unusual and infrequently utilised technique forms the basis of the design on this otherwise typical blue and white men’s kente, set within pairs or tripled weft stripes in the central field and alternating with blocks of weft float patterning in the borders. Some careful and neat patched repairs, otherwise very good condition. Dates from circa 1930-1950.
Measurement: 122 inches x 82 ins, 311 cm x 209 cm
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