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shawl
  • Sudan
  • shawl, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • camel wool, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 123 x 138 cm height does not include tassles
    Object Height/Width: 48 7/16 x 54 5/16 in height does not include tassles
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6588
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Description

The rectangular shawl is sewn from six woven strips. It is a light natural color with decorated bands. The top edge is unfinished. There are two black bands with thinner light bands and geometric designs. The four black diamonds have white, orange, and light brown detail. The smaller black diamond has white detail on either end of the band. The two black bands have thinner light bands and geometric designs.

Another set of black bands with squares is divided into triangles. Two of the triangles are white with black dots. The other two are black with white, orange, and light brown spots.

The solid brown band has another band of black with small geometric shapes. There is a small white tassel at each seam.