RIP Image.
Title: Display Cloth (kpokpo)
Date: before 1915
Artist: Unidentified Mende artist
Medium: cotton
74 in. x 15 ft. 1/2 in. (188 x 458.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of William C. Siegmann
Object Number: 1146:2010
Place associated: Sierra Leone
Current Location: Not On View
Against blocks of un-dyed cotton, black stripes of varying widths are complemented by yellow bars and judiciously incorporated red threads as accents. With a limited palette, the weaver has improvised upon an overall checkerboard theme that exploits the cloth’s underlying structure of woven strips. Woven by men on narrow-strip looms from yarns of locally grown cotton that were handspun by women, the cloth bands were sewn together to form a whole cloth. A checkerboard pattern results from careful alignment of the bands.
Exhibition History
Title: Adorning Self and Space: West African Textiles
Date: March 20, 2015 - September 07, 2015
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
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