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

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.7
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Stripweave, Handwoven, and Handspun Cloth
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 49" Width: 3.75"
Description:
Long strip of fabric with rough ends. Blue and white stripes are handwoven to create the fabric. Rough in texture.
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 and prestige.