Textiles collection

Display cloth, ndop, Wukari, Nigeria, Mali

Hand-spun cotton, early to mid-20th Century, for the Cameroon trade.

244 x 154cm (8’0” x 5’1”)

Figurative imagery is sometimes found on ndop made in Wukari but this large-sale depiction of a leopard, a key symbol of royal power in Cameroon, is exceptional.

Display cloth, ndop, detail, Wukari, Nigeria, Mali

Hand-spun cotton, early to mid-20th Century, for the Cameroon trade.

244 x 154cm (8’0” x 5’1”)

Figurative imagery is sometimes found on ndop made in Wukari but this large-sale depiction of a leopard, a key symbol of royal power in Cameroon, is exceptional.

Display cloth, ndop, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mali

Hand-spun cotton and red felt, early to mid-20th Century.

280 x 272cm (9’2” x 8’8”)

Ndop were highly valued and often reworked and repaired over many years. On this piece cloth that orginated in Wukari in Nigeria, the strips that are lighter in colour have been combined with strips made in Cameroon.

Display cloth, ndop, detail, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mali

Hand-spun cotton and red felt, early to mid-20th Century.

280 x 272cm (9’2” x 8’8”)

Ndop were highly valued and often reworked and repaired over many years. On this piece cloth that orginated in Wukari in Nigeria, the strips that are lighter in colour have been combined with strips made in Cameroon.

Hats for chiefs and senior men, ashetu, Grassfields region Cameroon, Mali

Hand-spun cotton, first half of 20th Century.

The original forms seem to have been derived from men’s hairstyles, but the group shown here displays a number of rarely seen variations.

Hats for chiefs and senior men, ashetu, detail, Grassfields region Cameroon, Mali

Hand-spun cotton, first half of 20th Century.

The original forms seem to have been derived from men’s hairstyles, but the group shown here displays a number of rarely seen variations.