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Textile Fragment

Tellem civilization

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The individuals laid to rest within the Bandiagara caves were clothed and wrapped in cotton or wool blankets. Some five hundred textiles found in just thirteen Bandiagara cave burial contexts have been dated using carbon-14 testing. The earliest among these are eleventh-century fragments from Cave C. The latest, related to Cave F, were produced between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a period when late Tellem textiles overlapped with those produced by the Dogon. All are composed of finely spun cotton thread in its original, undyed white as well as dyed with indigo.

Textile Fragment, Cotton, dye, Tellem civilization

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