man's wrapper; kente

Ewe people

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This dazzling cloth is composed of narrow, individually woven strips that are sewn together. The visual effect of such textiles may be likened to African music and jazz, which has its roots in African rhythms. For example, this cloth exemplifies the visual offbeat phrasing, syncopation and complex rhythms created by the irregular alignment of colored rectangles.

Purchase through Alan D. Frank, Fair Lawn, New Jersey; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art 20 December 1984.

Object Information

culture
Ewe people
creation date
1925-1975
materials
cotton
dimensions
138 x 69 in.
accession number
1984.212
credit line
Textile Purchase Fund
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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