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Raitra Marosoratra

Raitra Marosoratra

2021

weaver

Martin Rakotoarimanana

(Malagasy, b. 1969)

weaver

Hortensia Cecilia Harinjaka

(Malagasy, b. 1975)

weaver

Rija Ranarivelo

(Malagasy, b. 1980)

weaver

Daniel Rafidison

(Malagasy, b. 1963)

sewist

Rondro Faravololona

(Malagasy, b. 1981)

sewist

Joely Rasolomalala

(Malagasy, b. 1989)

sewist

Nathalie Rasoavololona

(Malagasy, b. 1975)

sewist

Colette Randrianasolo

(Malagasy, b. 1991)

sewist

Mbolatiana Raharimalala

(Malagasy, b. 1993)

Silk and dye

231.1 x 247.7 cm (91 x 97 1/2 in.)

J.H. Wade Trust Fund 2021.167

Location

Did you know?

The artists of the Lamba SARL workshop created this work especially for the CMA. It is their most complex to date.

Description

This textile is a contemporary version of a lamba akotifahana (a weft-patterned silk mantle). These pricey garments were a fleeting, secular nineteenth-century fashion. Weavers created them for the elites of the Imerina Kingdom (c. 1540–1897), whose royals gave them as diplomatic gifts. In the 1990s, Lamba SARL Studio revived this weaving practice. Its artists create innovative display textiles drawn from extensive studies of historical examples. Using over twelve colors, the many motifs were woven by adding extra weft (horizontal) threads. Its title translates to "stunning with many patterns."

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Medium: 
Silk and dye
Credit line: 
J.H. Wade Trust Fund

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