FULANI TEXTILES, DRC

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FULANI  Textile Blanket 1
9' 1" long x 5' 8" wide
$500





FULANI  Textile Blanket 2
8' 10" long x 6' 1" wide
$400





FULANI  Textile Blanket 4
8' 6" long x 6' wide
$500



The Fulani textile below has been sold and is left here for reference and educational purposes.


FULANI  Textile Blanket 3
8' 4" long x 6' wide
SOLD



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

FULANI, "KHASA" TEXTILE BLANKETS, Mali

Considering the overall good condition, these cloths were probably made to be sold and were never used.

"Many of the Fulani people of Northern Nigeria are pastoral nomads. During the winter months of November to January, Fulani cattle herders (Wodaabe) need protection from the cold, as well as from mosquitoes.

Khasa were important to the Fulani nomads, who depended on their weight and thickness for protection against the elements. While blankets such as this are by no means rare (being traded second hand throughout West Africa), they nonetheless have considerable historical and cultural significance. This example is characteristic of higher quality Fulani blankets, as evident in the inclusion of a several different colours and the range of design elements. Cheaper khasa are plain white. Patterns included into the geometric design of the blanket are lines, spots, triangles, lozenges and chevrons that depict Fulani myths and pastoral life symbolically.

Because the patterns on this cloth were created on the weft, great care was needed by the weaver to ensure that the stripes and patterns all matched up. This proper spacing was guaranteed by the weaver by using his finger, hand or a traditional measuring rod."


Exerpted from:

Read more: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=371553#ixzz2uI0GvXml
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