"Snake" Pattern Stitch-dyed Fabric from Sierra Leone

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.27
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Kola Nut and Indigo Hand-Dyed Fabric
Date:
1973
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 44" Width: 67"
Description:
Hand-dyed cloth that has layered dark blue and brown on the short edges. The rest of the center of the fabric has a light background with small brown snake like shapes throughout. This cloth was possibly dyed by Kadiatu Kmara, a Temne Dyer from Sierra Leone.
Historical Context:
To create stitch-dyed fabrics, the artists used a needle and raffia strings or cotton threads, some of which are still visible, to sew pleats of fabric together. They also employed use a technique in which pebbles are sewn into the fabric to create the vibrant chain-like effect.