Anachronistic Asooke


AS845 – Mid century Yoruba asooke woman’s shawl cloth woven in the style of a C19th piece.

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Yoruba asooke cloth is usually characterised by a rapid process of design change as new styles and colours come into fashion and old techniques are modified and updated. Very occasionally however we find a deliberately anachronistic piece like this, woven in the style of a classic C19th cloth but dating from mid C20th. Instead of hand spun cotton and alaari silk we have mill spun cotton and imported silk. The traditional Koran board or “Omolangidi” weft float motifs are updated with the text “OK”. Overall a very interesting curiosity. In excellent complete condition.

Measurements 6’5″ x 3’4″, 195 cm x 101

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)