The blue in this Ewe cloth is an enchanting shade of slate blue, that really pops with the red and yellow. The intricacies, the colors, and the intensity of this piece of fabric are unparalleled. What vibrance Africa wears! This is a large cloth; it would make a beautiful wall hanging, bed spread, beach or picnic blanket, and is great for other interior design purposes.
This particular fabric was made in the 1970's. It is in beautiful condition except for 2 stains that are shown in photos 4 and 5. I have made no efforts to clean this cloth; these stains could probably be significantly reduced or erased with a cleaning.
21 Strips of woven cotton cloth that are +/- 3.5" wide are stitched together to make a beautifully rich and intricate striped pattern.
The entire cloth measures 73.5" x 109".
Traditionally, this is a man's cloth, which would be worn wrapped around the body sarong-style. The pattern changes on the edges, and becomes even more vibrant, as you can see in photo #3.
This cloth has finished edges all the way around.
Ewe weavers still weave today, which is how these vintage cloths are still made available.
Other than the 2 stains, this cloth is in excellent vintage condition.
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.
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