The most beautiful blue is striped with yellow to make what appears to the eye to be almost a periwinkle blue, running the vertical length of this cloth. Highlighting sections of yellow, burgundy, and green add great pops of color. This is a smaller (woman's) cloth; it would make a beautiful wall hanging or tablecloth (see decor idea in the last picture).
This piece does show some age and love. It is very soft and supple. Some of the strips have split apart slightly, but this could easily be restitched. and repaired.
Ewe cloth comes from the Ewe ("e-vay") people who live in southeastern Ghana and Togo. Ewe cloth is woven on a loom similar to that of the Asante Kente cloth, though Ewe cloth is more elaborate and expressive than the Asante Kente cloth. This is because the Ewe weavers are not confined by the court-regulated designs that the Kente cloth weavers are restricted by.
Ewe weavers do their weavings for sale and to take to market and therefore can express themselves freely. These rich cloths are highly collectible due to the intricate patterns and quality of workmanship.
Etymology of the word "ewe" says that one potential origin of the word comes from the strength of the fabric. Ewe means "that which does not tear." The strength of this fabric would make it perfect upholstery! Couches, pillows, ottomans, just imagine the look this could make in your house.
This particular fabric was made in the 1970's. It is in beautiful condition. 12 strips of woven cloth that are just under 3" wide are stitched together to make a beautifully rich and intricate pattern. Cotton, the entire cloth measures 69" x 33" (5ft, 9" x 2 ft, 9"). This is a woman's cloth, which would be worn wrapped around the body sarong-style.
Ewe weavers still weave today, which is how these vintage cloths are still made available.
Finished edges all the way around.
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