Dida Fragment

Dancing kerchief fragment. Rafia and natural pigments.Dida people. Ivory Coast. First half 20th. century. Very good condition. Cm. 71 x 72 ( 2'4" x 2'4"). 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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