BAMANA STYLE CHI WARA HEADDRESSES, MALI

While originating from the African continent, these chi wara headdresses are likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


 

BAMANA STYLE
Chi Wara Horizontal

BAMANA STYLE
Chi Wara Females

 

BAMANA STYLE
Chi Wara Southern

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BAMANA STYLE, CHI WARA HEADDRESSES, Mali

Bamana Chi Wara from Mali, represent and honor the mythological half man / half antelope hero who taught man how to cultivate the soil. They were worn as headdresses and danced in pairs to celebrate the union of male (sun), female (earth) and fibre costume (rain). This signified the cooperation needed for a successful harvest and community survival. Spelled alternately Ci Wara, Tyi Wara, etc. they illustrate the diversity of ways to represent an unwritten pronunciation. There are three types of Chi Wara headdresses; the familiar vertical style of the eastern Bamana, the more realistic horizontal style of the northern Bamana and the varied and more abstract forms of the Southern Bamana.

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