Black on White Akwete

£450.00

NW567 – Neatly woven woman’s wrapper cloth from the important Igbo centre of women’s weaving in the town of Akwete, with black motifs on a white ground with black pinstripes.

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Description

Neatly woven woman’s wrapper cloth from the important Igbo centre of women’s weaving in the town of Akwete, with black motifs on a white ground with black pinstripes. These cloths were woven for customers to the south in the villages and towns of the Niger Delta, where they are known as “ikakibite”, which means “tortoise cloth” and were highly prized as both fashionable dress and important for ceremonial attire. A woman would wear two overlapping pieces of the cloth, as seen in the photograph from around 1970 by Nancy Stansfield (in the collection of the Horniman Museum.) This cloth has motifs that were inspired by those of Ijebu Yoruba aso olona textiles, also traded in the past to Niger Delta communities. As is typical of Akwete weaving, the cloth is noticeably wider at one end than the other. Dates from circa 1960-1970 and is in very good condition.

Measurements: 73 ins x 53 ins, 185 cm x 134 cm.

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