C19th Silk and Indigo wrapper

¥504,379.80

Superb Yoruba women’s wrapper cloth dating from late C19th with an exceptionally complex and subtle array of warp stripes incorporating magenta trans-Saharan silk “alaari” in an indigo dyed hand spun cotton ground.

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NW513 -Superb Yoruba women’s wrapper cloth dating from late C19th with an exceptionally complex and subtle array of warp stripes incorporating magenta trans-Saharan silk “alaari” in an indigo dyed hand spun cotton ground. The use of silk in these Yoruba women’s weave wrappers was an established tradition in the C19th and at the start of the C20th, allowing wealthy women to outshine the plainer blue and white style. However today it is extremely hard to find surviving examples and the price reflects the fact that almost all those we do see have been patched or repaired. These cloths are not well represented in museum collections and published sources, reflecting their rarity but one piece collected before 1890 and now in the American Museum of Natural History, New York may be seenĀ hereĀ . This is a particularly fine completely intact example in excellent condition and among my favourite of the small number we have been able to collect over the years due to the sophistication of the stripe pattern. It would have been an heirloom cloth passed down from mother to daughter over several generations. It retains it’s very neat hand stitched seams throughout. Condition: excellent.

Measurement: 90 inches x 51 ins, 228cm x 131cm.

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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