sample (textiles)

Hand woven textile: "patchwork" pattern with black, white and coloured (green, yellow and red) panels in various combinations and designs.

Fula (or ‘Peul) cloth. The contemporary pieces (like this one) have replaced the more traditional ‘arkilla’ that were wedding gifts and used for decorating walls inside the homes, or as bedspreads. The colours green, yellow and red suggest that it relates to the Malian national flag. The Malian photographer Malick Sidibe took some famous studio images using this type of cloth as the backdrop.

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