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

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.11
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Handspun, Handwoven, Stipwoven and Dyed Cloth
Date:
1973
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 92" Width: 5"
Description:
Long strip of fabric with block of white, brown (faded black?) and yellow embroidered diamond patterns. Rough short ends with some fringe.
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.