Fakaha Picasso Mystery

Korhogo are hand-painted on coarsely woven cotton using mud/tea base. They are artwork by the Senufo people of Cote D’Ivoire. Women would plant the cotton seeds, harvest, and spin the cotton fibers. Men would weave the cotton into narrow strips of cloth that were then stitched together into a larger fabric. (The fabric in modern Korhogo is one-piece yardage from Mali)The painting is done by men using fermented mud and the tea made from the bark of a tree. The exact formula and tree type are closely held secrets of the artist! The figures are traditional images and each has a specific meaning.

This particular Korhogo is unique in a variety of ways:

It is rumored among the Senufo people of Cote D'Ivoire that Picasso visited this village and took some inspiration from these hand-painted textiles that are unique to these people. The myth persists even though there is no evidence in the writings or the biographies of Picasso that he actually made the trip. But the elders of the village are certain that Picasso was there in the early 1930’s. Usually, Korhogo offer images of deities and animals, but this piece offers only images of the village under the protection of foliage.I have been collecting Korhogo for years, and this is the only one I’ve seen in which the village name, Fakaha, is clearly painted on the piece.

This Korhogo has a hanging sleeve attached.  

Approx 39" x 46"

Fakaha Picasso Mystery

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