"Big Circle" Pattern Tie-Dyed Fabric

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.32
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Kola Nut and Indigo Hand-Dyed Cotton Damsk Fabric
Date:
1973
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 54" Width: 68.5"
Description:
Possibly made by artist Kadiatu Kamara. Tie-dyed fabric with a multi-colored background in orange, gold and blue or green. Ring pattern of circles radiates outward from the center. Each ring of circles has the same size and shape of circle, two different sizes total.
Historical Context:
Tie-dyeing fabric is a common method in Africa as a variety of patterns can be created by using traditional, and local natural dyes. There are several techniques including tying or stitching the cloth to prevent the dye from penetrating the cloth. Other methods include applying starchy or wax substances to repel the dye in certain areas to create patterns.