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Dogon or Mossi Indigo Textile Mali or Burkina Faso African Art

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Type of Object Indigo Dyed Textile
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon, possibly Mossi, from Burkina Faso
Materials Cotton, dyes
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 57
Width (in) 41
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

Additional Information: Cloth made from Indigo resist-dyed cotton. This cloth probably comes from the Dogon.  Such textiles are commonly found throughout West Africa and most specifically among the Dogon, Mossi, Mende,  Bamana, Senufo, Hausa, Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, and so forth. The indigo resist-dyed cotton cloth is made of several strips sewn together. The background on this textile is in blue indigo. Each strip or section contains abstract designs in dark set against a deep indigo field. This cloth in blue recalls traditional and old styles of textile-making.

 We do not recommend laundering textiles, and we 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.

See Spring's "AFRICAN TEXTILES" for more information and several examples.