AS589 – Rare example of a cloth that is sufficiently distinctive that we can attribute it to a particular weaver active from the 1920s to the 1950s. This Ilorin based weaver, who was called Yaya Olabintan, developed an innovative style based on wider than normal strips, always in fine check of industrial thread, decorated with very complex silk supplementary weft float motifs. The quality of his weaving won him the status of official weaver to the Emir of Ilorin, and brought him to the attention of a British expat, J.D Clarke, who published a brief article on his work in the 1940s and collected an number of examples, some significantly more elaborate than this piece, that are now in the British Museum and other UK collections. Condition is excellent, faint stain near centre of lowermost strip.
Measurement: 88 inches x 56 ins, 223cm x 143cm
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