Usage – ways of dressing and others
After exploring the different factors that are involved in decorative development, some examples allow the evocation of the role and place that fabrics play in the social life, as marks of identity, such as elements of profane or religious rituals or as vectors of artistic expression.
The majority of decorated fabrics that enter into social rituals, or have a symbolic function with their patterns or colours, are mainly clothing but they can also have other profane or ceremonial uses.
Woman’s bodice Senegal, end 19th – beginning of 20th century Cotton (hand spun Z-twist) Repository of the National Archeology Museum, Saint-Germain-en Laye 71.1930.54.787 D
Each of the ten narrow strips of locally spun cloth, which will be used for clothing, are double pleated; then the reserve is prepared by sewing, gathering then tying before dyeing in a vegetable indigo bath. Once the design has been created, the strips are put together and a neckline is made. This neckline is remarkable in that unlike the majority of the dyed reserve fabric, white predominates. Rythme - rhythm is given by the deep blue edging.