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Woman's Wrapper

Artist Kadiatou Koma (Guinean)
Culture Fula
Title Woman's Wrapper
Date 1996
Medium Cloth dyed with indigo
Dimensions Object: 57 7/8 × 45 1/4 in. (147 × 114.9 cm)
Overall: 57 7/8 × 45 1/4 in. (147 × 114.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Tavy D. Aherne and Daniel J. FitzSimmons, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 98.8

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About this Work

Indigo-dyed cloth is much prized in Guinea and in many other parts of West Africa, and cloths dyed by professional dyers are sold locally as well as exported to neighboring countries. The patterns on this cloth were created with a technique called sew-dye or stitch resist: before the cloth is dyed, it is folded or bunched and sewn with tight, small stiches. After dyeing, the stitches are removed, revealing a white or light blue pattern where the dye did not fully permeate the fabric.

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