Silk Openwork Shawl


Very rare nineteenth century silk shawl.

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AS595 – Rare nineteenth century Yoruba aso oke shawl woven almost entirely from prestigious hand spun cochineal dyed “waste” silk alaari from the trans-Saharan caravan trade. White cotton warp stripes at the edges and centre of each strip add a little strength to the light and flimsy silk. Extra weft float motifs in dark, almost grey, green cotton, frame large blocks of openwork. framing blocks of openwork. Other early shawls of related types that we have collected are now in the collections of the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris and the Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna. Click here for a post on my blog about these early shawls. This cloth is missing about 2cm along the lower edge but otherwise is in excellent condition, retaining its original hand sewn seams and hems throughout.

Measurement: 69 inches x 41 ins, 175cm x 103cm

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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