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khasa (blanket)
  • Fulani peoples
  • khasa (blanket), 1890–1900
  • Where object was made: Mali?
  • goat hair, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 197.5 x 131 cm length includes tassles
    Object Length/Width: 77 3/4 x 51 9/16 in length includes tassles
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6915

The rectangular blanket is made from six narrow strips stitched together. There are tassels at one end at each seam. It is white and has four rows of decoration. The top row has four iterations of the same design: a large diamond with two above and two below. It is outlined in black with dark orange, yellow, and grey detail. The next row has six iterations of the same design: a large diamond in the center with a diamond above and below and a smaller one at the top and bottom and detail in dark grey, dark orange, and yellow. The third row of decoration has five small diamonds and detail in the same coloration. The bottom row of decoration is a solid dark orange stripe with a small diamond in white, grey, and yellow. There are six iterations of a small composite geometric design in the same coloration below the stripe.