Other Textile

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black & White Cotton Bogolan – Mali

Black & White Cotton Bogolan – Mali

Cotton; approx. cm. 160,0 x cm. 220,0 (62.99″ x 86.61″). 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 […]

Gnawa Child Cap – South Morocco

Gnawa Child Cap – South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Cowrie shells, old glass beads, metal element added. Cm. 23,0 x cm. 17,5 (9.05″ x 6.88″). Diameter apporox. cm. 16,0 (6.29″). Grams 377,4 (13.31″). The term “GNAWA” refers to a North African ethnic minority that traces its origins to West African slaves and soldiers. Gnawa communities in the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) […]

Authentic Tuareg Tent Decoration – Niger

Authentic Tuareg Tent Decoration – Niger

Leather, wood, mirrow (one mirrow is missing); approx. cm. 100,0 x 49,0 (39.37” x 19.29”). The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For […]

Ndebele Beaded Apron – PEPETU – South Africa

Ndebele Beaded Apron – PEPETU – South Africa

Mid  20th century. Cotton canvas fabric, glass beads cm. 45,0 x cm. 40,0 (17.71″ x 15.74″). During initiation girls wear an array of colourful beaded hoops (called izigolwan) around their legs, arms, waist and neck. The girls are kept in isolation and are prepared and trained to become homemakers and matriarchs. The coming-out ceremony marks the […]

Traditional Balochi Dress – Afghanistan

Traditional Balochi Dress – Afghanistan

1970′. Handmade embroidery cotton, acrylic, glass. For the size, see photos n. 6. Baloch women put on loose dresses and pants with sophisticated and colourful needlework, including a large pocket at the front of the dress to hold their accessories. The upper part of the dress and sleeves are also decorated with needlework, a form of […]

Apron Cache Sexe – Hamar Tribe – Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

Apron Cache Sexe – Hamar Tribe – Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

Leather, glass and metal beads. Cm. 41,0 high x cm. 26,0 width (16.14″ x 10.23″). The Hamar, principally pastoralists, are the most readily identifiable of all the peoples of the South Omo. Women wear an elaborately decorated skin, often colored with beads and cowries. Beaded necklaces, bracelets and waistbands adorn their bodies, which, for the […]

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