This beautiful painting is Korhogo cloth, a type of fabric similar to mud cloth, which uses larger, more recognizable forms to symbolize intangibles. It is named for the village of Korhogo in the northern part of the Ivory Coast. The cloth is made by the Senufo people group, who divide the creation along gender lines. Both men and women may tend the cotton plants. After harvest, the women usually clean and spin the cotton into yarns. Men then weave the rough yarns into strips about 4 inches wide, using hand looms. Several strips are sewn together to make a "canvas." Women make the dyes which the men use to design the cloth. The designing can be done in one of two ways. First, the pictures are painted, often with several applications of dye to darken the look. Then, either just the pictures, or sometimes the entire cloth, is painted in another dye. This further darkens the drawings, or colors the whole cloth. If the whole cloth has been covered, it is then washed, removing the dye bath from all but the designs, but permanently fixing them to the cloth.