Dimensions: H:11.0" W:9.8" L:3.9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Baule Wooden Loom from Ivory Coast - This reed beater from a strip loom comes from the Baule People of the Ivory Coast. It is made of a wooden frame and wood slithers and is held together by what appear to be hand-forged iron nails. The loom beaters, heddle pulleys, and shuttles are the most visually appealing components of a highly complex weaving loom.
About the Tribe
Baule or Baoule people are found in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule belong to the Akan peoples and one of the largest groups in Côte d'Ivoire who historically migrated from Ghana. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of the country. They waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than many groups in such constant contact with European administrators, traders, and missionaries.