C19th Alaari Silk Shawl

$2,354.40

Rare nineteenth century Yoruba aso oke shawl, alternate strips of plain silk, and silk with indigo dyed local cotton.

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Description

AS598 – Rare nineteenth century Yoruba aso oke shawl, alternate strips of plain silk, and silk with indigo dyed local cotton. This silk was called alaari in Yoruba. It was “waste silk” fibres from southern Europe dyed this distinctive rich wine colour using natural dye in Tripoli, and then exported by camel caravan across the Sahara to northern Nigeria where it was a highly valued prestige fibre for weaving luxury textiles. After about 1910 it’s use was replaced by industrial spun silk imports from England by sea. Dates from around the 1880s-1910. Condition: excellent.

Measurement: 62 inches x 27 ins, 157cm x 70cm.

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.)


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