The tattered pieces of fine checked strip cloth are particularly interesting. Woven cloth just like this found in the Tellum caves of the Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali have been carbon dated to the 11th century.
The broke trade bead, Magie bought on her first African journey in Nairobi in 1984.
Look closely at the brass tortoise. Cast using the 'lost wax' method in Ghana, this piece is a quality reject because it only has three legs!
When we're out and about doing quilt shows and other events - remember that idea? - Magie usually brings along a few packs of what we call Little African Treats.
Here's a sampler she made to show what you can do with these goodies.
The name Liar's Cloth refers to the zigzag warp design of the vintage Kente strip. Single warp threads are very cleverly travelled from one side of the cloth to the other - a graphical representation of how a liar weaves his untrue tales.
Legend has it that the Ashanti king would wear this pattern to 'confuse the doubtbul veracity of those who came before him.'
The background is a fragment of silk Nigerian ashoke or sanyan cloth.