EWE TEXTILES
#1001  -  6' x 11'
$1000
*Minor spotting. Headers like an
Asante Kente cloth.
#1002  -  6'8" x 9'2"
$1600
*Variety of colored strips.
#1003  -  5'11" x 8'4"
$1200
*One small strip has a tear and two
repairs.
#1004  -  4'5" x 6'4"
$350
*One small hole and two repairs.
#1005  -  2'10" x 6'8"
SOLD
*Two short seam splits.
#1006  -  6'" x 3'3"
$350
*Short seam split at end.
#1007  -  3'11" x 6'
SOLD
#1008  -  4'3" x 5'8"
SOLD
#1009  -  3'11" x 6'4"
$400
*Two small stains.
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#1010  -  6' x 9'2"
$2000
Ex Christies Auction House
*One small hole
#1011  -  3'4" x 6'
SOLD
*Three small holes, plus one repair.
#1012  -  3'11" x 5'7"
SOLD
#1013  -  7'2" x 10'
$2000
*Some minor dirty spots.
#1014  -  6' x 7'2"
$800
*Some small holes, thin spots. This
cloth is the product of splitting a larger
cloth.
#1015  -  6'9" x 9'10"
$600
*Many serious thin areas in black
areas. Very visible when held up to a
light.
#1016  -  6'4" x 8'10"
$1000
*Minor spotting, one short split seam, one
small hole.
Living in southeastern Ghana and the western border area of Togo, Ewe weavers are renowned for the high quality of their cotton,
strip-woven wrappers. Not confined by the court-regulated designs for Kente cloth of their eastern neighbors, the Asante, the Ewe men
have traditionally been free to express their skill and creativity to please individual clients as well as a market which extends throughout
West Africa.

Individuals of means commission cloths called
adanudo ("skilled/wise cloths") studded with symbolic figural motifs of people, plants,
animals and objects. These enhance the colorful weft blocks and geometric designs and are associated with proverbs and meanings of
the Ewe culture. Many motifs, as would be expected from the clientele which orders them, are symbols of status and prestige.

The aesthetically pleasing overall balance of the wrapper, enlivened by these syncopated visual beats in the design, creates an artistic
tour de force. The cloths are meant to be worn by their owners, adding yet another dimension to these examples of "African art in motion."
Small size cloths, about 4 x 6 feet, as on this page,are wrapped sarong style by women; large cloths, about 7 x 10 feet, are worn toga style
by men.