Vintage Baoulé Cloth from Côte d'Ivoire
Vintage Baoulé Cloth from Côte d'Ivoire
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Vintage Baoulé Cloth from Côte d'Ivoire

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The textile takes its name from the Baoulé, Akan people of Côte d’Ivoire, but owes much to Ashanti weaving practices. For centuries, the fabric has mostly been worn during community gatherings, special events, traditional proceedings, and festivities.

Baoulé is made by weavers using a tenth-century set of techniques, which have passed down from one generation to the next. The producing of the tools and equipment, to dyeing and weaving the textile, is done by hand. The process begins with a drop-spindle tool to convert raw cotton into yarn. The yarn is treated with either mineral or vegetable based dyes usually from indigo leaves or other natural plants. Once after the colored threads are handwoven on narrow looms, they are then sewn together, to form a length of fabric.

This cloth could be repurposed as an interior textile. Indigo is a fugitive dye so please take care with placing it alongside lighter coloured fabrics and when washing.

This cloth is vintage which means that it may have a few small marks or blemishes and minor repairs consistent with use.

Approximate dimensions: 62 inches x 40 inches