Indigo Baule Textile - Ivory Coast - Poncho

$ 135.00

Indigo Baule Textile - Ivory Coast - Poncho - $135

Condition: Vintage, very good. Variations may occur which speak to the unique, artistic character of this piece. A couple of seams have small repairs.

Material: 100% Cotton - Handwoven

38" W  x  26.5" L 

Fit: One size loose fitting

This poncho can be worn in the traditional fashion with the v-neck in the front, or give it a 180 degree twist and it takes on a whole new shape. Add some extra pizazz by turning it on a diagonal. It can also be easily converted into a ruana by simply opening the front seam. You can really have some creative fun when you put your own stamp on it by adding a variety of accessories -- looks good with a scarf, necklace, or whatever inspiration strikes you.

Made of handwoven cotton, this medium weight textile is very soft. The rich blue color is obtained through a complex, time consuming dying process using a dye made from leaves of the indigo plant which are dried, then fermented and blended with ash and residue from the old vats. Each piece results in a unique shade of blue, based on a number of variables involved in the intricate dying process. Dying fabric with indigo is a longstanding tradition. Before the advent of synthetic dyes, the highly prized indigo fabric was a sign of prestige and abundance throughout Africa, and the dying process a guarded secret. 

The pattern in this textile is created by a type of weaving called Ikat, a technique in which the pattern is dyed into the threads before they are woven. Additionally, it is embellished with colorful embroidery.

Due to the way strip cloth is assembled, it is natural that over time some areas along the seams may separate. It is minor imperfections such as these that imbue these vintage, collectible textiles with unique character, shaping the individual personality of each piece.

Please note that all our products are meticulously handmade by master artisans one piece at a time. Due to this process, there may be a slight variation from one item to the next. Such variations are inherent in the manufacturing of handmade products, so you may expect minor distinctions that will make your purchase special and truly one of a kind. Note that colors may vary according to each display monitor.

Please note that the jewelry in some of the photos is not included with purchase of the Poncho, but can be purchased separately if still available.

Please feel free to contact Sally with any questions.


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