following a thread

IMG_3806Dying yarns for my project tracing the last journey of my great great grandfather Frederick Desnaux.

In the 1860’s one of the main commodities traded in the West African coast was palm oil, the European traders were nicknamed palm oil ruffians, it was, I think quite a tough business and of course in the end poor old Freddy didn’t survive it. From his letters he doesn’t sound like a ruffian, in Madeira he collects flowers to press to send back to Nelly and he is delighted when he buys a hat in Accra with a circumference of 2 yards – ‘perfect for the seaside’ .

The colours and shapes of the red fruit of the palm tree which produced this oil has been the starting point for this weeks weaving.

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