Large fragment of very fine Aso oke strip weave woman’s shawl, ipele, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, circa 1880-1900.
Rare nineteenth century shawl woven from extremely fine magenta and pale pink silk ‘alaari’ thread from the trans-Saharan caravan trade, along with white hand spun cotton. Wide warp stripes in the two silk colours and white, narrow weft stripes, and rows of long openwork holes make this a very subtle and sophisticated piece. Sections of smaller openwork at the end of each strip, while two plain strips of silk with simple stripes in the warp and weft provide contrast. The survival of such a fragile cloth for over a century is testament to it’s high status as an heirloom within a wealthy family. Missing one or two strips from the original cloth, plus some seams re stitched by machine. Price reflects these condition concerns.
Measurement: 68 inches x 37 inches, 172 cm x 94 cm.
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