Republic of Guinea–Bissau, Kelequis; Manjaka peoples
Cotton, synthetic yarns
Warp 70 x weft 45 1/4 in. (177.8 x 114.9 cm) including fringes
Purchase, Fred and Rita Richman Gift, 2009 (2009.259)
This wrapper once belonged to the wife of a weaver. It is a distinctive assemblage of six different strips, retained by the weaver from his production activities. The weaver put enough warp on the loom so that after the six strips were cut off, he could collect the final strip for his wife. She then assembled them to create this colorful and vibrant sampler wrapper. Each band presents a distinctive geometric or figurative motif (one of these features that of a crab, "Caranguejo"), color, and medium (cotton, and various synthetic yarns). Charged with personal history, this wrapper testifies to the weaver's ability to render a wide range of patterns.