SENUFO HEDDLE PULLEYS 12-15

From left to right:

SENUFO, Heddle pulley 12, 7.25" high, $100

SENUFO, Heddle pulley 13, 7.25" high, $100

SENUFO, Heddle pulley 14, 8" high, $100

SENUFO, Heddle pulley 15, 8" high, $100

 

Photographs Tim Hamill

SENUFO, Heddle Pulleys

In traditional Africa, heddle pulleys were used in strip-weaving long narrow strips of cloth which would be later sewn together to make a large textile. Used in pairs, they allowed for the shifting of the warp threads so the weft thread shuttles could pass thrpugh, The finely carved pulleys of masks, heads and figures were intended to protect the weaver and help him produce fine cloth.

For more information, see "Daniel Mato ART OF AFRICA. WEAVER and CARVER

These two pairs depict the hornbill, important in Senufo lore.  Despite their appearance we believe these were made to be sold.

 

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