AS561 – Another important C19th Yoruba aso oke, this cloth is a man’s wrapper or iborunla. Men’s wrappers were usually three panel women’s weave cloths rather than aso oke strip weave as most male prestige dress in the area where aso oke was woven took the form of tailored robes. However there was a degree of geographical overlap, and on occasion these wrappers could be worn on top of a tailored robe ensemble. This exceptional example is woven from two alternating patterns of hand spun indigo dyed cotton with warp stripes of magenta silk alaari, both with an indigo cotton weft. Condition: excellent, narrow hems at both ends have been machine stitched quite recently – this could easily be removed. Dates from late C19th.
Measurement: 96 inches x 61 ins, 244cm x 156cm.
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