Dida fragment

Kerchief fragment. Resist-dyed raffia, natural dyes. Dida people. Ivory Coast. Late 19th. century. Very good condition. Cm. 51 x 25 (20 x 10 inches). Ex Fernandez collection (France). Professionally sewn onto a cotton ground and mounted on a wooden stretcher frame.
This cloth is woven from fiber gathered from the raffia palm and patterned by the tie-dye technique often known by its Japanese name of shibori (or palangi in Indonesian). Dyed using hundreds of stitches to form a resist, and a series of dips and a release technique. The dyes are all natural- using plant and root dyes.Has an extremely textural form, which is rare. Reminiscent of a topographical map of mountains. This art form is dying. Only the grand mothers have this knowledge. SOLD

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