EWE SMALL TEXTILES ARCHIVES, Ghana

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HAMILL TRIBAL TEXTILES 
www.hamilltribaltextiles.com

The cloths pictured below have been sold. They remain on the page for reference and educational purposes.

EWE TEXTILE 1,
40x83", SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 1,
40x83", SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 1,
40x83", SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 2,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 2,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 2,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 3,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 3,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 3,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 4,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 4,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 4,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 5,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 5,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 5,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 6,
SOLD

EWE TEXTILE 6,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 6,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 9,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 9,
SOLD

 

 EWE TEXTILE 9,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 12,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 12,
SOLD

 

 EWE TEXTILE 12,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 13,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 13,
SOLD

 EWE TEXTILE 13,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 14,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 14,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 14,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 15,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 15,
SOLD

 

  EWE TEXTILE 15,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 7,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 7,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 7,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 8,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 8,
SOLD

  

EWE TEXTILE 8,
SOLD

 

 EWE TEXTILE 10,
SOLD

 

 EWE TEXTILE 10,
SOLD

 

 EWE TEXTILE 10,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 11,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 11,
SOLD

 

EWE TEXTILE 11,
SOLD

 


 


 


 

 


Photographs © Tim Hamill

EWE, CLOTH, Small, Ghana

Living in southeastern Ghana and the western border area of Togo, Ewe weavers are renowned for the high quality of their cotton, strip-woven wrappers. Not confined by the court-regulated designs for Kente cloth of their eastern neighbors, the Asante, the Ewe men have traditionally been free to express their skill and creativity to please individual clients as well as a market which extends throughout West Africa.

Individuals of means commission cloths called adanudo ("skilled/wise cloths") studded with symbolic figural motifs of people, plants, animals and objects. These enhance the colorful weft blocks and geometric designs and are associated with proverbs and meanings of the Ewe culture. Many motifs, as would be expected from the clientele which orders them, are symbols of status and prestige.

The aesthetically pleasing overall balance of the wrapper, enlivened by these syncopated visual beats in the design, creates an artistic tour de force. The cloths are meant to be worn by their owners, adding yet another dimension to these examples of   "African art in motion."  Small size cloths, about 4 x 6 feet, as on this page,are wrapped sarong style by women; large cloths, about 7 x 10 feet, are worn toga style by men.

 

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