Woven hammock, constructed from 8 strips of woven cotton cloth of the 'tortoise' (haku) basket wave pattern in black and white. The hammock slung is double layered, with a loop at each through which a short pole can be inserted and secured by ropes for suspension. Three sets of small rectangular panels hemmed in red have been sewn along the length of the slung.
Sierra Leonean county cloth hammock with 'tortoise' or 'haku' basket weave, collected by Paul Shuffrey, District Commissioner of Pujehun from 1913 to 1923. Hammocks such as this were commonly used to carry chiefs and other 'big men' in rural Sierra Leone along the narrow forest pathways that connected villages before the construction of wider road networks after World War II. Hammocks of this kind were also a favoured form of transport for early colonial officials. Travelling hammocks were often accompanied by a carrying frame and a wooden cover, slung with cloth, to keep the passenger in the shade, however these are often missing in European collections.