"Snake" Pattern Stitch-dyed Fabric from Sierra Leone
Medium:Kola Nut and Indigo Hand-Dyed Fabric
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.
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.