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Hausa Fulani Wedding Blanket African Textile African Art

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Title Hausa Fulani Wedding Blanket African Textile African Art
Type of Object Cotton
Country of Origin Niger, Nigeria, Mali
People Hausa or Fulani
Materials Cotton
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 108 inches x 55 inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair holes , rips, fraying, stains

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: An old and well used  Hausa or Fulani 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 his hands  to sew the stripes. The motifs in the borders and in in the center of the blanket  suggest an influence from woolen Fulani Khasa blankets. This textile was  used as a wedding blanket and as a cover to protect against the cold and mosquito.  

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.