Mali akilla brocade fragment from district of Timbuktu • circa 1900
203 x 155cm / 6ft 8in x 5ft
Akilla is a Berber derived word for a decorative woven fabric used to separate parts of a tent . This large fragment being the decorative section middle section and thus comprises about a third of the original length with the complete width. The weaving comprises of six individual joined strip pieces in wool with cotton highlights for white.
The large fragment is generally in good order and the ends are ' stopped ' to prevent fraying. There are small areas of wear caused by friction.