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Malagasy Textile [Object of the Day- #53]


By: Ashley Harper

This textile of dyed and sewn silk is sometimes called a Lamba, a¬†garment worn by men and women in Madagascar. The dyes used are believed to be aniline, an organic compound, which can produce the maroon, purple, green, cerise and gold stripes. This design features two stripes of unbleached natural color silk sewn alongside three […]

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