Dogon Textile 64″ – Mali


This Dogon Textile is a one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed Batik fabric. Batik is a “resist” dyeing process that artisans use to create unique textile designs. Wax is carefully put on the fabric in intricate patterns that resists the dye from penetrating the fabric. This process is repeated over and over until the textile has a gorgeous, layered appearance.

This Batik textile made from the Dogon tribe is 64” long and woven from 100% pure cotton. It is handmade and hand-dyed from botantical sources. It features a complex pattern of lines and dots resisted onto a beautiful indigo color.

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About the Dogon People

The Dogon have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth and provided humans with knowledge.  They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.

Oddly, the Dogon did have knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. They had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.

Read more about the Dogon here.

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About African textiles

Originally used as a form of currency, woven African textiles have been very important throughout many African cultures. African textiles are often used to memorialize individuals and they often play a special role in traditional celebrations and ceremonies.


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