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Dear customers!
Please notice that this shop is located in the Netherlands. Be sure to order your Christmas gifts in time.
Normally shipping time to destinations overseas is 1 or 2 weeks, but in the holiday season it can take longer. So please order as soon as possible when you see something that you'ld want to buy for the holidays!

Beautiful hand woven fabric from West-Africa. New old stock from 1994
There are 6 strips of about 19 centimeter, neatly sewn together. Total size is 110 x 160 centimeter.
This fabric is called mandjak and is very popular in Senegal but the style originally comes from the Mandjak people in Guinée- Bissau.

Like many other types of traditional hand woven fabric from West Africa, it is made of strips sewn together into a cloth that has the exact size for a wrapping skirt (called pagne in francophone and lappa in anglophone countries). A second one would make an upper garment to complete a traditional costume.

Mandjak was often used for special occasions and ceremonies. In Senegal you'll see women use it to cover their newborn babies. The child is carried on the back in a cotton cloth, the extra mandjak cloth is wrapped around mother and baby. So it doesn't carry the weight of the child, but provides extra warmth and support for the head of the newborn.

This particular fabric was bought in Senegal in the nineties and never used, but carefully stored. It is hand woven from cotton and has lovely patterns and colors. In the yellow stripes are gold metallic threads (lurex?).
With that black border it would be a fantastic skirt but maybe would be a bit too heavy for that. This is a rather strong sort of weaving. It would be perfect for cushions and other home decoration. Or a bedcloth for a babies' bed.

SALE15%OFF - Colourful African hand woven mandjak fabric