Colour and patterns
Colour is the most immediately visible stylistic element. The two-colour or polychrome process depends on the number of dye baths which follow the preparation of reserves. Formerly exclusively natural, dyes today are often synthetic. The choice of colour is associated with symbolism of the colours and this aspect is equally referred to here.
Some original patterns come from reserve-dyeing processes and are revealed by playing with the colours.
Loincloth Senegal, purchased in Dakar, during the sixties Cotton Donation from Laurence Porgès 71.1984.20.2
The support is an industrial cloth. The lines are tightened for reserve by knot tying which forms two spirals finishing with some larger patterns. The fabric is dyed in an indigo bath and one can see traces of another slightly pink colouring agent.