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textiles

Self Portrait as Survivor of Seven Twins
SKU: T77-2301

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1972.
Black ink, paint and pastels on blue cotton fabric manufactured in Nigeria.  (27" h. x 29" w.)
The seven faces on the seven fingers form Twins' "family tree", referring to his  mother's seven sets of twins, of which Twins was the only survivor.  Stamp on the back of the fabric identifies it as produced by the United Africa Company, Limited.
Provenance:  Current owner bought painting directly from the artist in 1972, while living in Nigeria 1972-1973.  No visible signature. Owner was introduced to the artist by the Nigerian dancer and actor Peter Badejo.   Current owner will  provide a letter stating the piece's acquisition and history.

$1200

Kuba Dance Skirt
SKU: KS-109

Raffia dance skirt (20th cent.)
Hand-woven raffia cloth with hand-sewn raffia cloth applique.  Natural dyes.
(18' - 0'' x 2' - 9.5''). 

$575

Kuba Dance Skirt
SKU: KS-108

Raffia dance skirt (20th cent.)
Hand-woven raffia cloth with hand-sewn raffia cloth applique.  Natural dyes.
(15' - 8'' x 2' - 3''). 

$550

Vintage Adinkra Cloth from Ghana
SKU: ADK-2301

20th cent.
Adinkra-stamped cotton cloth (black on purple cloth) strips joined by hand stitched multicolored cotton bands.
(partial view of piece shown)
(137" l. x 84"w.)
From private collection, purchased at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.1972.

The Asante peoples of Ghana use adinkra to express the connection between the verbal and the visual in Akan culture. Adinkra symbols appear on wooden prestige objects, jewelry, brass weights and, most prominently, as two-dimensional stamped designs ornamenting cloth. Historically, adinkra was reserved for Asante kings. Over the years, however, its use has expanded to the general Akan population who wear adinkra cloth on significant occasions, the most important of which are funerals. 

Of the hundreds of adinkra signs and meanings that have been documented, the older symbols are most often linked to proverbs, folktales, folksongs and popular sayings. Newer designs are associated with more common themes, such as flora, fauna and everyday objects, or may demonstrate literacy of the alphabet through designs composed of letters in Roman script that spell out personal names or segments of proverbial expressions. Mastering the nuances of this graphic form of communication is usually only accomplished by well-trained artists and elders who, through study, are able to identify the names of many adinkra symbols, the proverbs associated with them and the situations best addressed through particular symbols.
(above notes from Smithsonian Museum of African Art)

$395

Yoruba Tie-dye Cloth
SKU: BTK-14

Multi-color tie-dye on cotton damask fabric (180" x 48"). Partial views shown. 

$280

Yoruba Tie-dye Cloth
SKU: BTK-15

Multi-color tie-dye on cotton damask fabric (180" x 48"). Partial views shown. 

$280

Kené Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-104

c.2020
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and hand-drawn and cotton and synthetic yarn embroidery design.
(61" h. x 56" w.)

$195

Kené Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-105

c.2020
Cotton fabric with natural and synthetic dyes and hand-drawn design.
(61" h. x 56" w.)

$195

Embroidered Shipibo Cloth Falda
SKU: SHPC-41

Falda (skirt)
c.2015
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and cotton embroidery design
(54" h. x 30" w.)

$185

Kené Shipibo Cloth Runner
SKU: SHPC-93

Partial textile shown.
c.2021
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and hand-drawn design.
(61" h. x 15 1/2" w.)

$175

Two Snakes - Shipibo Cloth Runner
SKU: SHPC-94

c.2021
Cotton fabric with natural and dyes and commercial paints, with hand-drawn design.
(60" h. x 13" w.)  Partial view shown.

$175

Kené Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-55

c.2018
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and hand-drawn design.
(60" h. x 48" w.)

$160

Shoowa "Velvet" Raffia Panel #kc-72
SKU: kc-72

mid-20th cent.
Premium Quality Raffia cloth panel flat-weave and cut-pile embroidery, natural dyes
(18 1/2" x 17")

20% off

$195 $156

Shipibo Cloth
SKU: #SHPC-55

c.2013
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and hand-drawn design. 
(60" x 48")

$145

Embroidered Shipibo Cloth Runner
SKU: SHPC-107

c.2020
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and cotton and synthetic yarn embroidery design.
(10 1/2" x 59")

$110

Embroidered Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-85

c.2020
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and cotton and synthetic yarn embroidery design.
(15 1/2 h. x 15" w.)

$75

Embroidered Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-102

c.2020
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and cotton and synthetic yarn embroidery design.
(15 h. x 15" w.)

$75

Asante Kente-cloth pillow
SKU: KPLW-02

Vintage hand-woven strip-weave kente fabric from Ghana with cotton back and piping
(15" x 12")

$65

Asante Kente-cloth pillow
SKU: KPLW-11

Vintage hand-woven strip-weave kente fabric from Ghana with cotton back and piping
(14" x 13")

$65

Embroidered Shipibo Cloth
SKU: SHPC-100

c.2021
Cotton fabric with natural dyes and cotton and synthetic yarn embroidery design.
(17 1/2 h. x 17" w.)

$58