Classic Yoruba kijiipa


NW673 -Classic Yoruba indigo hand spun cotton kijiipa cloth.

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Indigo was the main natural dye of cotton that was used historically throughout West Africa. One of my favourite types of indigo textile is these striped woman’s wrapper cloths of hand spun indigo dyed cotton from the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Called kijiipa, they were woven by women using an upright loom in two broad panels sewn together at the centre. In a fine old example like this the central seem and hemming are stitched neatly by hand and there is typically a complex pattern of dark blue, light blue, and white stripes. Once widespread, women increasingly abandoned weaving during the 1960s and these cloths are increasingly hard to find. In excellent condition. Dates from circa 1920-1950.
Measurements 6’6″ x 4’8″, 196 cm x 141.

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