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Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

1970′. Cotton. Fabric made from 7 strips sewn together. Cm. 220,0 high x cm. 120 width (86.61″ x 47.24″). For similar example see page 43 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The Djerma live in the arid lands of the Sahel. Many live in the Niger River valley and exploit […]

Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

First half 20th century. Indigo dyed cotton made from lots of small strips sewn together. Approx. cm 90,0 x cm 90,0 (35.93″ x 35.93″). Some damage due to age and use (see photos). For similar example see page 186 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The sewn and indigo-dyed cloth called ndop […]

Berber Babouche – Ida Ou Nadif Tribe – Anti Atlas, Morocco

Berber Babouche – Ida Ou Nadif Tribe – Anti Atlas, Morocco

Mid 20th century or earlier. Leather, wool. Cm. 26,3 high x cm. 11,5 width (10.35″ x 4.52”). The Imazighen (singular Amazigh) also known as the Berbers are among the original peoples of North Africa. Their myths, legends and history span 9,000 years, back to the Proto-Mediterraneans. They have achieved unity by keeping up their unique language and culture […]

Black & White Cotton Bogolan – Mali

Black & White Cotton Bogolan – Mali

Cotton; approx. cm. 155,0 x cm. 215,0 (61.02″ x 84.64″). Handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and it’s a symbol of Malian cultural identity. In traditional bògòlanfini production, men weave the cloth and women dye it. On narrow looms, strips of cotton fabric […]

Mbuti-Pygmy BARKCLOTH – Ituri Rainforest, DR Congo

Mbuti-Pygmy BARKCLOTH – Ituri Rainforest, DR Congo

Hand-beaten tree-bark, painted with organic pigments. Approx. cm. 67,5 x 47,0 (26.57 x 18.50 Inches). Mbuti people, one of the oldest indigenous people of the Congo region of Africa, are one of several indigenous pygmy groups. They arehunter-gatherers that live in the Ituri rainforest. The Mbuti are composed of bands which are relatively small in size, ranging from 15 to 60 […]

Berber Pillow – Zemmour Tribe – Middle Atlas, Morocco

Berber Pillow – Zemmour Tribe – Middle Atlas, Morocco

Mid 20th century. Wool. Approximately cm. 41,0 x 34,5 (16.14” x 13.58”). This fabric has been professionally washed; excellent conditions. The Imazighen (singular Amazigh) also known as the Berbers are among the original peoples of North Africa. Their myths, legends and history span 9,000 years, back to the Proto-Mediterraneans. They have achieved unity by keeping up their unique language and […]

Berber Embroidered Headgear – Ait Atta Tribe – Oulad Driss, Mhamid, Morocco

Berber Embroidered Headgear – Ait Atta Tribe – Oulad Driss, Mhamid, Morocco

Cotton, wool. Approx. cm. 190,0 high x 90,0 width (74.80” x 35.43”). Excellent conditions. The Ait Atta are a large Berber tribal confederation of South eastern Morocco. They are divided into “five fifths” (khams khmas), all said to descend from the forty sons of their common ancestor Dadda Atta: these “fifths” are the Ait Ouallal, Ait Ouahlim, […]

Lega Ceremonial Hat – Bwami Society – D.R.Congo

Lega Ceremonial Hat – Bwami Society – D.R.Congo

1960-1970. Tiny glass beads and buttons; vegetal fibers. Cm. 16,5 high; diameter cm. 15,5. The Lega people are an ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.They originated in what is today Uganda, and started to migrate from there to their present location in the 16th century. The Lega people traditionally live in small village […]

Kuba Raffia Skirt – NGONGO – DR Congo

Kuba Raffia Skirt – NGONGO – DR Congo

Raffia Vinifera fibers. 20th century. Approximately cm. 404,0 x cm. 61,0  (159.05 x 24.01 Inches). The Kuba (or Bakuba) peoples are famous for producing beautiful fabrics made ​​from fibers of the palm Raphia Vinifera by a long and complex process that includes the participation of men, women and children belonging to the same family. Each piece must be soaked,beaten, and then worked and scraped by hand, so as to assume its typical characteristics of fine silk-like.

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