Current day Country Cloth or Gbali, woven in Kenema from -reportedly- locally produced cotton thread.
Current day Country Cloth or Gbali, woven in Kenema from -reportedly- locally produced cotton thread.
27-06-2013  Category:   Tags: kenema sierra-leone   

Not sure it qualifies yet as kpokpo or kpoikpoi, but we're trying to get there: to stimulate a high quality product for the country cloth market, one closer to the amazing tradition found in musea (see link). Originally, country cloth was a sustainable product of high skill and high cultural significance. It was used as a currency, made into traditional dress or displayed as a symbol of wealth. By the 20th century cheap import from the UK took over much of the market in the hinterland, and weavers also started using imported thread. During the war cultural symbols were targeted, diminishing stock from the past. Then came post-war income generating projects, reviving contemporary production in and around Freetown. But what was probably a pragmatic attempt to modernize, didn't include much of the technique, quality and esthetics of the rich tradition as preserved in http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx?searchText=cloth+-blanket&place=39180

Raptors feasting on an outbreak of flying antsTree pruning around Spur RoadView from Spur View Estate, off Spur RoadCurrent day Country Cloth or Gbali, woven in Kenema from -reportedly- locally produced cotton thread.Vultures feasting on a nest of flying ants in the gardenView from Spur View Estate, off Spur Road, onto Lumley BayFighting mold in the rainy season