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Loom Component Wood West African Art

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Title Loom Component Wood West African Art
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso
People Senufo or Other West African Group
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 8.25 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
Overall Condition Fair.  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 Cracks, splits, holes, arrested bug damage

Additional information: This used tool comes from the Senufo of Mali or Cote d'Ivoire.  But similar looms are found in many cultures throughout West Africa. This was part of a weaving equipment used in the production of cloth.

Among the people of West Africa weaving is perform by men and by women. Weaving varied according to the loom type which means that the loom is a very important component of the weaving technique. Women and men use loom to produce bands of cloth that would be put together to get a large Handwoven cloth. These looms appear in various types and decoration according to local tradition. The shuttle houses the cotton thread which is the most important raw material available in many areas of West Africa. This is a well-used loom with a worn patina on wood.  

For more information onWeaving in Africa and examples of looms, beater, shuttle see. Daniel Mato's catalog: WEAVER AND CARVER.

On Asante Weaving and Looms see Peter Adler and Nicholas Barnard, African Majesty.  The textile Art of the Ashanti and Ewe, 1992, Thames and Hudson Ltd. London