The textile takes its name from the Baoulé, Akan people of Côte d’Ivoire. For centuries, the fabric has mostly been worn during community gatherings, special events, traditional proceedings, and festivities.
Baoulé is made by weavers using a set of techniques that originate in the 10th century. The making of the tools and equipment, along with the dyeing and weaving of the textile, is done by hand. The process begins by converting raw cotton into yarn, using a drop-spindle tool. The yarn is treated with mineral or plant-based dyes. Once the colored threads are woven on narrow looms, they are then sewn together, to form a length of fabric.
This piece is dyed with indigo, which is a fugitive dye. Please take care when placing it alongside lighter colored fabrics and when washing.
This cloth is vintage which means that it may have a few small marks or blemishes and minor repairs consistent with use.
Approximate dimensions: 62 inches x 40 inches