Kpokpoi (Mende "Country Cloth") from Bo, Sierra Leone

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.4
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Handspun, Handwoven, Stipwoven and Dyed Cloth
Date:
1973
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 33" Width: 54"
Description:
HEavy, thick fabric with stripes and a geometric design. Fringe on both short ends. Dyed fabric colors include indigo blue, kola nut brown and white.
Historical Context:
Country cloth is a thick, heavy, cloth, traditionally made from locally grown cotton that is spun into thread, dyed, and woven into strips on a tripod loom. The strips are then sewn together edge to edge to form the finished cloth. Such cloth was, in the past, regarded as a sign of wealth or prestige.