Bamileke Ndop Prestige Cloth Textile, Cameroon #167

$ 2,100.00

  • Bamileke Ndop Prestige Cloth Textile, Cameroon #167
  • Cameroon, Mid 20th C.
  • Measurements: 3' x 9'7'' (91 x 292 cm).
  • Ndop Royal Display Cloth was used to delineate the setting for Royal State Events and Ceremonies.
  • The variety in style and quality of the resist-dyed patterns reflect the work of several resist dye specialists working together in the creation of this Cloth. Both the geometric motifs (circles, lozenges, and meandering lines) and the stylized figurative forms (crocodiles) have Royal Symbolism.
  • Similarly, the Indigo Blue color of the Cloth refers to the Bamileke Elite.
  • Ndop Cloths are part of the Practice of Power in the Bamileke Region and are tied to long-standing regional exchange networks. Luxury Indigo resist-dyed Cloths were first imported in the Cameroon Grassfields from the Upper Benue River Region of Eastern Nigeria. Local Cameroon production of the Cloths began about 1910.
  • Ndop Prestige Display Cloths are still among the favorite gifts exchanged among Leaders in the Grassfields.