Fanciful African Painting on Cloth - Ivory Coast
$2,449 or Best Offer
This unique work of art was purchased in Korhogo in the Ivory Coast of West Africa during the late 1980's...see photo above of village and artist.
Size: 68" x 50"
It has not been stretched on to a canvas frame...doing that will create an even border; or, it can be hung loosely as a fabric painting.
ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA: Korhogo cloth is an African textile made by the Senufo people of Korhogo, Ivory Coast. Korhogo comes in neutral and earthy tones like browns, blacks and creams. Korhogo is made by hand painting designs on hand woven and hand spun cotton fabric. The paintings are done using a specially fermented mud-based and natural vegetal pigment that darkens over time, and designs are usually drawn on using a stencil. They are decorated with symbols of humans, natural elements like the sun, moon and stars and animals, all of which are rooted in Senufo culture and mythology. The Senufo use the cloth as a shield against vengeful spirits by wearing or hanging them in homes/shrines. Korhogo is commissioned for hunters (important heroic figures) and rite of passage events like funerals/special ceremonies.
Men and women are involved in the fabrication of the cloth. Both cultivate the cotton, the women spin the cotton into yarn and prepare the dye while men weave and decorate the cloth.
One of Africa’s most unique and recognizable fabrics is Korhogo cloth. It is hand-crafted in the village of Korhogo by the Senufo people who reside there.
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