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Dogon Farmer's Shorts Indigo Handwoven Mali African Art

Regular Price: $35.00

Special Price: $19.00

Product #: 101550
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Title Dogon Farmer's Shorts Indigo Handwoven Mali Africa
Type of Object Shorts
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Cotton
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions waist to 62 inches; 16 inches tall
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair no drawstring in shorts. some torn stitches and general wear


Additional Information: These well used indigo dyed cotton cloth pants comes from the Dogon people.  Shorts are worn bunched up using a drawstring.  These shorts were  parts of a special outfit wore by the Dogon farmers. Matching  robe and hat that could make a complete  costume are missing. A complete outfit would be worn by farmers.


Indigo dyes can be made from local plants in West Africa, using the leaves or seeds of the indigofera or lonchocarpus plants.  But more recently, synthetic dyes are also available.  Dogon indigo cloth is known as simplistic and is often undecorated with patterns, which contrasts with the work of many of their neighbors. 


Occasionally, the Dogon cloths incorporate embroidered brightly colored yarns which create geometric patterns, and even village scenes.


We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.