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Wrapper or blanket of hand-spun cotton, strip-woven, and patterned with supplementary patterning wefts in geometric designs.


Probably about 1920, acquired by Paul Poiret (b. 1879 - d. 1944), Paris; until 2005, by descent within the family; May 11, 2005, Poiret collection sale, Piasa (Drouot-Richelieu), Paris, lot 335, sold to Beverley Birks, New York; sold by Birks to Andres Moraga, Berkeley, CA; 2011, sold by Moraga to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Alan and Suzanne Dworsky and by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham

African, probably Sierra-Leonean, late 19th–early 20th century


Length x width: 188 x 130 cm (74 x 51 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts (strip-woven)


Textiles and Fashion Arts