Rare cloth, detail, Côte D’lvoire
Hand-spun indigo and white cotton, machine-spun coloured thread, first half 20th century.
183 x 112cm (6’ x 3’8”)
The basic checkerboard of Malian blankets was adapted by local weavers, here by the addition of figurative extra-weft float motifs in a distinctive style. The exact origin of this variant is not known but some examples in the Museum der Kulturen Basel were collected in Gouro country in the first half of the 20th Century.