Wrapper (Seru Njaago)

Date: 1970s

Geography: Senegal, Saint-Louis

Culture: Manjaka peoples

Medium: Cotton, synthetic yarns

Dimensions: Warp 70 x weft 44 1/4 in. (177.8 x 112.4 cm) including fringes

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Purchase, The Fred and Rita Richman Foundation Gift, 2009

Accession Number: 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.