Important example of an obscure style of ikat patterned woman’s wrapper cloth from a small town called Igarra south of the Niger-Benue river confluence in Central Nigeria. Dates from around mid C20th. Woven in two panels by a female weaver on the upright single heddle loom. Cloths such as this with simple shapes (given names like “comb” and “hawk’s tail”) discernible in the ikat and the patterns in white against the hand spun indigo ground were hard to find even a decade back when I was able to visit the area collecting on many occasions. Igarra weavers, along with some of their Yoruba neighbours, formed one of two regions where ikat was used in West Africa (the other is among the Dioula and Baule in Ivory Coast.)
Measurements 72 inches x 57, 183 cm x 146.
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