While the double heddle treadle loom is used across West Africa to create narrow strip weavings, the Mende (MEN-day) weavers in Sierra Leone used their own variant - the tripod loom. Equally distinctive in design and technical brilliance, ki gbembele (chequerboard) cloths are especially prized for their density and greater intricacy of their inlay float patterns found in the black squares. Similar to using smaller needles in knitting to create complex stitch patterns, these cloths offer simple but dramatic color schemes. This pullover features corrugated ribbing on the body & neck, and hemmed bands for the sleeves.
Knit in Tahki Cotton Classic, a sport/DK weight cotton.
A Pangaia design from Sarah Madrid.
Finished chest sizes: 40"/44"/48.5"/51.5"