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 magnificent Hausa blanket woven with cotton warp yarn and wool weft yarn. This textile is a tapestry cloth like formed by decorative motifs and colored stripes sewn together. On this textile the weaver had used the machine to sew the stripes. The motifs made from wool in the center of the blanket suggest an influence from woolen Fulani Khasa blankets. This textile was used as a blanket and cover to protect against the cold and mosquito. This is finely woven blanket in good condition and would be a good addition to a collection.
The Hausa continue to produce some fine woven textiles, primarily in the Kano State of Northern Nigeria, as well as exquisite, tightly-woven baskets. Hausa men wear flowing embroidered robes called "riga," which are prized by collectors, and identified most often with the Hausa, but these textiles are not unique to the them and are, in fact, worn by several groups throughout the region.
I have examined this piece and agree with the description
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.