Classic C19th Yoruba Aso Oke

Another fine and very rare C19th Yoruba aso oke.

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AS590 – Another fine and very rare C19th Yoruba aso oke. Here, in contrast to the exuberant variations on the Koran board motif on AS588, the weaver has been more subtle and restrained, restricting himself to small motifs, and adding imported green cotton thread. This classic style of nineteenth century Yoruba aso oke cloth involved the alternation of a simple warp striped strip with a second design in which supplementary weft float motifs are laid out on a fine blue and white checked background. In an early example such as this the magenta silk thread alaari from the trans-Saharan caravan trade is combined with local hand spun indigo dyed cotton. In some cases, as here, there is one different warp striped design, here including ikat patterning, to add variety. Although the supplementary weft float motifs are largely based on the Koranic board shape (a wooden rectangle with an arrow head at the top, used by boys at Islamic schools as a writing board) in early examples as here the weaver plays around with variations on the shape. On C20th examples the design format becomes much more rigid (also other threads are substituted for the trans-Saharan silk, and industrial thread replaces the indigo dyed local cotton.) This cloth can be dated by comparison with examples in the British Museum accessioned in 1900. Condition: the sik in the warp striped strips has numerous small losses, otherwise excellent.

Measurement: 73 inches x 41 ins, 185cm x 105cm

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