Here is an absolutely stunning strip weave cloth from the early 20th century. The yarn used in those days was far superior to that of today and it just cant replicate the feel and tone of a cloth like this. Only the wealthiest men and women could afford to commission one as the cost of a cloth such as this increased with the complexity of design and the number of weft motifs (The weft colour blocks and designs are all in colour). The client would meet with a master weaver and agree the broad parameters of the design such as the colours of the ground cloth, then the weaver would improvise variations in the details as he wove. The weaver alternates roughly square weft faced blocks with similar sized warp faced sections decorated with a supplementary weft float motif. The motifs include a few hands but are primarily geometric with an elaboration of variations on a small number of shapes, mainly in groups of two or three. The weft faced blocks are built up from multiples of coloured stripes in different combinations such that there are virtually no two alike. Cloths of this quality were always few and far between and are increasingly difficult to source.
Almost perfect condition as there is one tiny hole on an edge strip.
''It is by the use of cotton rather than silk in the seemingly haphazard array of figurative and geometric inlay forms, by the colour asociations and the arrangement of the weft bands and blocks that the Ewe-Agangbe show their compositional integrity''
From African Majesty - The Textile Art of the Ashante and Ewe, Peter Adler and Nicholas Barnard T&H 1992 similar examples can be seen.
Local title of cloth - Susuavor Adanudo
Origin by tribe - Ewe Adangbe
Place of origin Kpetoe, Ghana
Type of yarn - cotton warp and weft
No of strips - 22
Size 302 cms x174 cms or 120 ins x 68 ins