Malinke motifs: a sampling, by Amidou Coulibaly
Courtesy of Amidou Coulibaly, a master Malinke weaver.
This is a very small sampling of the motifs that he weaves, as supplementary floats, into his cloths. Included are the Dioula names and meanings of these symbols.
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WorossagniPanther teeth, a symbol of respect
ColonCowrie shell (formerly used as money)
ForogodjourouRope of a sack
SouranogoMonkey tail, with panther teeth
ForogodjourouEnd of a rope