Saturday, November 21, 2009

Patrick Shows me how raffia is made

Patrick Garlough was in many ways my teacher. As we traveled the bush roads in Mendeline he taught me Mende, and about Mende ways. My guide when we walked in the bush to local villages, or in search of something, here he demonstrates the beginning stage in the making of raffia - the peeling of the raffia from the raffia palm leaf. Raffia had many local uses - but the one that seemed to fascinate me the most was its use in the women's Bondo Devil. This spirit - clothed in a multitude of indigo dyed raffia (black) can be seen in many of my pictures on previous postings.

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