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Dyers in the city of Saint-Louis-du-Senegal perfected a range of elaborate techniques of indigo-resist patterning including tie-dye, stitch resist, and resist decoration with wax or rice paste. Stitch resist was used to produce the constellation of delicate white designs that fill this deep indigo field. Such panels were worn as a garment wrapped around the lower body by the city’s most elegant women during the early twentieth century.

Wrapper, Cotton, indigo

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