10 individual strips, 5-½ in. wide, lengths varying slightly, machine zigzag stitched together

Wrapper, 20th century

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Archeological finds from the Tellem caves in Mali show that strip woven fabrics have been an important part of West African tradition for well over a thousand years. Indigo blue and white weft faced cotton blankets such as this appear to have been part of the aesthetic traditions since the 11th century and evidence indicates that until the successful efforts by colonial powers to subvert local cultivation, West Africa was one of the major world centers of cotton cultivation.

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Wrapper
Artist Life
born before 1940
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Maker
Accession Number
89.130.3
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10 individual strips, 5-½ in. wide, lengths varying slightly, machine zigzag stitched together