Prestige Cloth

This type of cloth is worn as a symbol of status and prestige and illustrates the wearer’s ties to people in power. The patterns relate to aristocratic motifs in beadworking, textiles, and wood carving. The triangular patterns are thought to allude to the spots of a leopard, the exclusively royal totemic animal. At the turn […]


The Dogon people of Mali have one of the oldest traditions of weaving in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Remnants of ancient textiles have been found in burial caves in the Bandiagara Cliffs at the bend of the Niger River where the Dogon have lived for thousands of years. The design of this blanket is a […]