AS648 – Beautiful Yoruba aso oke woman’s shawl and headtie set, ipele and gele, in a distinctive and rare style woven in Ilorin in the 1930s or 1940s by the master weaver Yahaya Olabintan or one of his apprentices. Olabintan was known as the king’s weaver in Ilorin from the late 1920s and developed a remarkable new style of aso oke cloth with very complex patterning achieved with multiple additional heddles and woven on strips up to 12 inches wide. This is a simplified, and less expensive and exclusive version in which yellow silk float patterns cover much of the surface of seven inch (18 cm) wide strips – all other twentieth century aso oke until the mid 1990s was woven as strips about 4 inches/ 10 cm wide. The background pattern here is a black and white check with a central warp stripe in maroon and green. Condition: has a few faint marks on the headtie, otherwise excellent. Original hand stitched seams throughout.
Measurements: Shawl 190 cm x 90 cm, 75 inches x 35 ins. Head tie 239 cm x 54 cm, 94 inches x 21 ins.
(an unusual and distinctive design of blocks of black extra weft float motifs on the beige ground. Narrow black stripes across the strips are muted by the beige warp threads. Beige cloths of this type were called “sanyan” by the Yoruba and continued an earlier tradition of naturally beige wild silk cloths that were high status garments for prestige ceremonials. This strong thick cloth would make a great furnishing fabric for pillows/cushions or upholstery. In excellent condition.
Measurement: 85 inches x 57 ins, 215cm x 156cm.
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