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Atifofoe Susuavor Adanudo "A cloth of multiple designs and much skill - even difference can be unified"

Photo: Susan Cole

Atifofoe Susuavor Adanudo "A cloth of multiple designs and much skill - even difference can be unified"

2004

Gilbert Bobbo Ahiagble

Ghanaian, 1944 - 2012

Weaving among the Ewe is adapting to the twenty-first century. This cloth was woven in 2004 in a flourishing community of artists led by Gilbert "Bobbo" Ahiagble. He maintained a central compound for putting finishing touches on strips of cloth provided by twenty-four other weavers who collaborate on cloth production. Their supply of brilliant threads was provided by polished cotton manufactured in Ghana.

In 2005, Mr. Ahiagble was asked to choose one cloth that would exemplify the highest quality of weaving attained by this workshop. He referred to the widely scattered small inlay motifs as accents that suggest the strength to be gained by uniting differences, as reflected in the title given to the finished cloth.

Cotton
106 x 85 1/4 in. (269.2 x 216.5 cm)
African Art Purchase Fund, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
2005.29
Provenance: The artist
Photo: Susan Cole
location
Not currently on view

Resources

Published ReferencesMcClusky, Pamela, Repeat, Repeat, A Community of Collectors, Seattle, Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 135, illus. 113 (in text as 114).

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.