Wrapper (Seru Njaago), 1970s
Senegal, Saint–Louis; Manjaka peoples
Cotton, synthetic yarns
Warp 70 x weft 44 1/4 in. (177.8 x 112.4 cm) including fringes
Purchase, Fred and Rita Richman Gift, 2009 (2009.256)
Senegal is renowned for its textile creations among which those woven for Manjaka communities remain highly sought after. 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. Distinctive for their stiffness, such textiles are conceived by their wearers as protective shields. This cloth has been used during a funerary ceremony to accompany the deceased to the edge of the burial site.