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woolen textile
  • Mali
  • woolen textile, 1980
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wool, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 258 x 133 cm length includes tassles
    Object Length/Width: 101 9/16 x 52 3/8 in length includes tassles
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0244

Long rectangular textile made from six strips. Light natural colored field. Thin black band at either end. Thicker red band wih black borders and white diamonds about 1/4 distance from ends. Thin red and white stripes at seam down middle.

Four iterations of a design with a black bowtie-like outline and black diamond inside with a yellow or red dot. Three black lines on either side, with a red or yellow dot at end and black detail at edge of design. Design at either end of row is slightly different without the bowtie design.

Portion between the red bands is decorated with two iterations of large design on each strip with smaller designs between and at ends. The large design is three diamonds with different configurations of red, white and yellow dots and black and white triangles. Either end of the design has a black chevron and four smaller black diamonds with red, white and yellow detail.

Smaller design at one end is a series of black diamond outlines with two black lines at either end. The smaller middle design has two black triangles, points together, with white and red detail set in a rectangle with black and white dots. Two black lines at short ends of rectangle and two small black diamonds at each end.

Field colored tassel of twisted wool yarn at each corner and each seam.