Western Africa, all along the cost and farther east, has an abundant history with Indigo. The noted Arab traveler, Ibn Battutah, once visited Kano, an ancient trading city in northern Nigeria. He remarked on the indigo dye pits of Kofor Mata, and now, nearly seven hundred years later, those same pits are still being used today.
From the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara to the grassland kingdoms of Cameroon, indigo cloth signified wealth, abundance and fertility. A century ago blue and white striped cloth was the normal attire across a vast area from Senegal to Cameroon, while numerous traditions of "shibori" type resist pattern dyeing flourished. It was women who dyed cloth with indigo in most areas, with the Yoruba of Nigeria and the Manding of Mali (especially the Soninke /Malinke) particularly well known for their expertise. Yoruba dyers paid tribute to a patron deity, Iya Mapo to ensure the success of the complex dye process. Among the Hausa, where the export trade in prestige textiles was highly organised, male dyers working at communal dye pits were the basis of the wealth of the ancient city of Kano.
In Africa, indigo is typically prepared through one of several methods: either fresh leaves are steeped in a wood-ash lye in vats or deep pits, which are set into the ground; or they use balls of dried leaves that have been either kept back from harvest or acquired through trade. The fabrics that are dyed are usually mill-woven cottons, either locally made or imported, which they decorate through a variety of dye-resist techniques – including tie dye, stitched and folded resist, wax batik, and starch resist.
This piece is handwoven, hand dyed and hand stitched. There's a bit of stitching thats coming apart (shown in one of the pics) and a wonderful small patch that adds character, history and brands this unique piece as authentic!
Because of the nature of vintage textiles they may have some marks, stains or fraying. One of the wonderful aspects of vintage textiles is their one of a kind, unique looks. This quality is what guarantees the vintage authenticity of the piece. Never the less, make sure you please enlarge the pictures before purchasing.
It measures 60" x 45" and each individual panel measures 2 3/4" - more or less. Perfectly imperfect!
We ship within 3-5 business days after payment has cleared. Please be sure to send payment within 3 business days. For fast shipping, just ask - we're here to make it easy. We use USPS or UPS and will combine orders for reduced shipping cost. Items are available for International customers – although that will mean additional shipping costs, to be determined. We re-use shipping materials whenever possible.
Please be advised that Paypal will hold larger payments for up to ten days until they have cleared. This may pre-empt your shipment or delivery. We do our best to advise you of the status of your Paypal payment.
We advise you to convo for shipping quotes prior to purchasing. If you do however purchase, we can invoice you separately for shipping through Paypal.
WHITE GLOVE/BLANKET WRAP SHIPPING: Please be advised that if you purchase a larger item i.e. credenza, storage cabinet, etc. we will need the following information: Your first and last name Your shipping address (confirm residential or office) Your phone number Your e-mail address Confirm if there are stairs and if so how many flights
Your piece will be picked up within 5 to 7 business days of payment. Transit times for our white glove freight carrier range anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks depending on clearance of funds, communication between the buyer and seller, truck availability to your area as well as any unforseen weather delays. We pride ourselves on the reliability and customer service of our white glove carrier whom we have used for over 5 years.
GREYHOUND SHIPPING: For large items under 100 lbs. i.e. console tables. nightstands, tables, etc, our preferred method of shipping is Greyhound Shipping Express. This is the most inexpensive way to ship and it saves you $$$. We drop off at our Los Angeles Greyhound and it ships to your local Greyhound. Can't pick-up? Greyhound offers a courier service for an additional $ 50.00 fee on top of your shipping fee so you don't have to drive to the station. Please specify if you would like this additional service. All of these items are insured.
For Greyhound shipments we need the following: Your first and last name Your home address Your phone number
Transit times for Greyhound range anywhere from 7 to 14 business days, depending on clearance of funds, communication between the buyer and seller, when buses are routed to your area as well as any unforseen weather delays.
*We ship all Greyhound orders every Friday. The cut-off time for a ship out that week is Tuesday at 12 PST, otherwise your piece will ship out the following Friday*
*If you do purchase without getting a shipping quote first we are more than happy to invoice the shipping charges through Paypal - once you receive the invoice please remit within 24 hours*
Keep in mind that any item over 100 lbs. may run you anywhere between $ 175 and $ 400 to ship whether it be Greyhound or White Glove delivery. In many instances, the shipping is more than the price of the piece. Please be aware of this when purchasing.
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Returns & exchanges
If you do not feel the item you receive is as described, please contact us along with an explanation of your concerns. We will do everything possible to solve the issue. If an item is received damaged, please be sure to send along a photograph of the item with the packing material. We do not refund shipping costs.
Reserves and Holds An item may be placed on hold for 72 hours with 1/3 of payment received. If a longer reserve time is needed, please contact us to discuss the length of time.
Note: A non-refundable deposit may be required for reserves/holds longer than 72 hours.