C19th Silk and Indigo Nupe shawl

$3,139.20

Beautiful lightweight silk and very fine hand spun cotton C19th shawl from the Nupe people of central Nigeria.

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Description

AS514 – Beautiful lightweight silk and very fine hand spun cotton shawl from the Nupe people of central Nigeria. Their work may be distinguished from the weaving of the Yoruba, their neighbours to the south, by the use of narrower strips 55 mm in width compared to the near 100 mm strip width typical of Yoruba aso oke. The cloth is woven in a balanced plain weave which allows both the indigo and white stripes in the weft and the warp stripes of white and indigo cotton and magenta silk from the Saharan trade to be equally apparent. These rare early narrow band cloths are not well documented or represented in museum collections and we have collected less than 10 examples over the years. Dates from the nineteenth century. Condition: Excellent – one small old hand darned repair.

Measurements: 72 inches x 30, 183 cm x 77cm

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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