Vintage Folk Art Drapo Vodou or "Voodoo Flag" textile, purchased in Haiti in the mid-1970's. This particular flag depicts Ogou Feraille. Thin wooden dowel across to top for easy mounting - although, this piece should be framed to preserve the incredible artistry. Measures 17" by 17". Dowel is 19" across. Rich merlot border, accented by pink, turquoise, blue, silver and gold sequins/beads. Very good condition with very minor discoloration/wear. The stitching of borders, seams and beading in very good condition, with a few small threads out of place.
About: Vodou banners derive directly from the practice of the Vodou religion, a syncretism of traditional African religions brought to Haiti by slaves, with the Catholicism of their former masters. The banners are traditionally the work of practicing vodou priests and their followers. They are displayed in the vodou sanctuaries and are carried at the commencement of a ceremony. Each flag depicts the vévé symbol or image of the loa (spirits & deities) to which it is devoted. The flags are made of shiny silk fabrics to which have been sewn a brilliant mosaic of sequins and beads. A full-size banner typically contains 18,000 to 20,000 sequins and may take ten days to complete. Read more about these sacred textiles on HuffPost here.
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