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Dida Ceremonial Raffia Tie-dye Ivory Coast African Art

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Type of Object Fabric
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Dida
Materials raffia, dyes
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 12
Width (in) 11
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 Indigenous repair, wear

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A very prestigious textile made out of raphia fibers and tied in deep colors. The edges show wild fringes.

This wonderful textile comes from the Dida people who live in Ivory Coast. For more information on the technique of tie and dye of the Dida, see John Gillow, African Textiles, 2003p. 67: " For ceremonial occasions they plait strands of raphia into loincloth or skirts, cloaks and kerchiefs, giving them patterns by means of tied resists and dyeing them with natural dyes in a colour palette of forest colours. Red and black on a yellowish are preferred. All motifs are formed solely by variations in the tie and dye technique. "

For a similar example see John Gillow, Printed and Dyed Textiles From Africa. University of Washington Press. Seattle. 2001., fig. 32