Guro Heddle Pulley - Côte d'Ivoire

An elegant Guro heddle pulley with fine scarification patterns on the face and an elegantly carved coiffure.

Heddle pulleys are used in strip-weaving, a process that uses very small looms to produce long, narrow strips of cloth which are later sewn together to create a larger textile, such as a blanket. The advantage of this type of loom is that it is highly portable and easy to assemble. Heddles are always used in pairs. They are tied together by a string that runs through a pulley situated above the loom. The weaver's feet operate the heddles, alternately, during the weaving process.


Guro
Wood
H: 6 1/2"
Ex Parke-Bernet Gallery; private US collection
#363
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