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Mali Indigo Cloth 351

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Mali Indigo Cloth 351
3.00 LBS
$12.50 (Fixed shipping cost)

Product Description

 " Handwoven cloth is sometimes regarded as having a spiritual potential not found in manufactured fabric."

The handmaking skills required to create such high quality fabric has been passed down from one generation to the next for at least 700 years.  Indigo production being one of the oldest industries in existence is found all across Africa with each people developing their own distinctive process and design. The traditional practice of gathering leaves, flowers and stems from the indigofera or lonchocarpus cyanescens plants are still used and ground together to make a pulp. The pulp is left in the sun for 2-3 days to dry. This serves as the base.

In Mali among the Dogon, men and women have clearly defined jobs when it comes to the production of cloth. The ladies purchase the cotton with money they earned from cultivating the fields. The cotton is then spun into thread exclusively by women. The thread is the given to the weavers who are always by tradition male. The women dictate the size of the cloth to be made and also decided if the fabric will be sewn, dyed or sold as is!

Offered here is a beautiful handmade vintage indigo cloth that features an array of popular tribal patterns highlighted at two borders by again and sewn embroidery! Absolutely unique!

This selection may include tiny tiny separations in the seams and hand made repair work these are all normal characteristics of aged handmade textiles. Our cloth is in good condition but this is vintage cloth. Resewn areas are featured. Please examine photos carefully.

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Dimensions: 62 inches long x 39 inches wide. Length does not include 1 3/4 inch long fringe.


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