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Ewe Handwoven Men Cloth Large Togo Ghana African Art

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Title Ewe Handwoven Men Cloth Large Togo Ghana African Art
Type of Object Handwoven cloth
Country of Origin Togo, Ghana 
People Ewe/Asante
Materials Hand woven cloth, possibly silk, or combination
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 116 inches by 64 inches
Overall Condition Fair to Good
Damage/Repair worn, holes in places, loose seams, cut seama, seams with indigenous repair, stains, wear


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.


Additional Information: A large  Kente cloth wore by Ewe or Asante men.


Strips are hand nicely sewn together. Estimated age more than 40 years. Such  clothes are found among  the Ewe and Ashante, of Ghana. In many cases, the thread was obtained by carefully un-picking silk garments, and reweaving them. The looms have two or three heddles. Legend says that the Kente cloth weavers learned their skill from watching a spider, Anansi, who is a significant figure in African folklore.


Recommended Reading:


See Clarke's ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES.


Adler and Barbard's AFRICAN MAJESTY, the TEXTILE ART OF THE ASHANTI AND EWE


See also Doran H. Ross (ed.) WRAPPED IN PRIDE. GHANAIAN KENTE AND AFRICAN AMERICAN IDENTITY, Fowler Museum , UCLA, 1998.


 


I have examined this piece and agree with the description


Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.