six strips stitched together with a narrow tan, white, brown and yellow patterned band at center; cream, dark brown and tan with touches of bright yellow-orange; central motifs with diamonds and triangles--similar motifs at each end flanked by a brown band with white, brown and yellow diamonds and a brown band with broken white line at center; some twisted tassels at short sides

Blanket, second half of 20th century

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Gift of Peter Tunisonexpand_more  2016.31.2

Kaasa blankets made of sheep’s wool are valued possessions of the pastoral Fulani people, many of whom make their livelihoods tending cattle, moving with their herds from one grazing area to another. This blanket is made of woven strips sewn together; the artist took care to align the motifs across the bands so that more complex designs appear. Many of these geometric patterns have specific names, and most of them relate to cattle herding, human habitation, and female fertility.

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Blanket
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Artist
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2016.31.2
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six strips stitched together with a narrow tan, white, brown and yellow patterned band at center; cream, dark brown and tan with touches of bright yellow-orange; central motifs with diamonds and triangles--similar motifs at each end flanked by a brown band with white, brown and yellow diamonds and a brown band with broken white line at center; some twisted tassels at short sides