Royal Cloth (Bamileke People, Cameroon)

Royal Cloth (Bamileke People, Cameroon) - Traditional Rugs and Textiles

Royal Cloth (Bamileke People, Cameroon)

106" x 198Hand sewn of cotton, wool; natural dyes.

This piece was designed and constructed by the Bamileke People of the Republic of Cameroon. It is featured during royal, state events and rituals. The many patches, due to repair, signify its considerable use over time. The geometric motifs of the piece possesses royal significance. Likewise, the blue color of the cloth refers to the Bamileke elite. The process of stylizing and preserving the form of such cloths requires a deep knowledge of craft as transmitted via oral tradition through centuries in Bamileke culture.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalog. 2021. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.