Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Sudan
  • shawl, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • camel wool, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 127 x 137 cm height includes fringe
    Object Height/Width: 50 x 53 15/16 in height includes fringe
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6589

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

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

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