Africa | Blanket. Mende peoples. Sierra Leone, Yengama | Early 20th century | Cotton, indigo dye, kola nut dye | example of West African narrow-strip weaving. Nine identically patterned strips, each about five inches wide, are joined to form bands of pattern across the width of the fabric. The textile was woven with two different techniques, a plain weave with twill patterns and a tapestry weave.