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Creator Nationality: African; West African; Ghanain
Creator Name-CRT: Ghanaian
Title: Blanket
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1879
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Woven
Materials and Techniques: Cotton, wool
Dimensions: 51 in. x 10 ft. (129.5 x 304.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1971.30
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1971

This textile, with its checkerboard-within-checkerboard pattern, is a masterful example of the art of narrow strip weaving. The fabric is kept lively by subtle changes in the woven design and by additional motifs featuring triangles and chevrons. Bundles of warp threads produce thick lines at three-quarter-inch intervals, further dividing the pattern and adding subtle richness to the surface. The cloth consists of fifteen strips woven on a horizontal double-heddle loom. Using this method, the weaver plans the patterns carefully, holding in mind an overall concept of what the finished textile will look like. Consistency is important if the strips are to align when sewn together. In this African region such weaving is usually a male occupation. Easily transportable, cloth has long been a valued trade commodity throughout West Africa. The origins of this textile are uncertain. Although purchased in the 1870s in Ghana by Joseph Upton, a Boston merchant, it does not resemble cloth produced there. It most closely resembles textiles of the Fulani, who live along the bend of the Niger River; however, it also shares affinities with textiles of the Mende and Temne of Sierra Leone.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1971.30
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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