Warp 70 x weft 44 1/4 in. (177.8 x 112.4 cm) including fringes
Purchase, The Fred and Rita Richman Foundation Gift, 2009
Not on view
While several distinct cultural traditions from Senegal are known for their textiles creations, those woven for Manjaka communities remain the most sought after. They are an essential component of each important phase in the life of Senegalese women. Distinctive for their thick and stiff qualities, such textiles are conceived by their wearers as protective shields. This wrapper is ornamented by motifs that recall the many external influences that impacted the Manjaka communities through trade, colonial history and displacements: Portuguese, Moroccan and Spanish. This cloth has been used during a funerary ceremony to accompany the deceased to the edge of the burial site.
Collected in Saint-Louis du Senegal in 2008; [Mai Diop, Atelier Tesss, Saint-Louis, Senegal, until 2009]