Wax Resist Mossi Textile 56″ x 42″ – Burkina Faso – African Art



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This Mossi textile was created using the wax-resist method with a multitude of intricate patterns. It measures 56 inches long and 42 inches wide. The textile is in used condition and may have some tearing and imperfections. Please inspect photos.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

Burkina Faso




100% Cotton Dyed Thread

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

1 lb

Overall Condition

Textiles may have tears and loose seams. Inspect photos carefully.


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Tribe Information

About the Mossi People

“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.

The first Mossi empire was founded during the 15thcentury by invaders from northern Ghana. Today, the Mossi are the largest tribe living in Burkina Faso. They number 2,000,000 and are the only tribe discussed in this chapter who have a centralized governing body, in addition to clans and professional corporations led by elders known as Zaksoba.

Mossi sculptors are famous for their polychrome masks which are worn during funeral ceremonies and to guard crop. These masks – which have a totemic role – are stored carefully when not worn and are given libations in exchange for help in everyday Mossi life.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

Additional Information

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.