Unique White Ground Bondoukou

FR708 – Unique and important white ground chief’s cloth from the Bondoukou region of north eastern Ivory Coast.

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Almost all old cloths from the Bondoukou region of north eastern Ivory Coast have an indigo blue and white hand spun cotton background, a very few have a solid blue ground. This cloth is the only one that we have seen that has a plain white cotton background. On this the basic decoration of indigo weft faced stripes at irregular intervals is elaborated into a multiplicity of different widths and variations, along with a scattering of extra weft float geometric motifs. Just one of these has a small flash of red cotton. This unique cloth probably dates from the nineteenth century and offers an important glimpse of earlier textile design in the region. Condition: I bought this cloth many years ago in a badly stained condition and only recently found a conservator who was able to remove the stains and patch repairs on a few small worn holes.

Measurements: 112 ins x 66 ins, 284 cm x 168 cm.

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.)