A variant form of a type of wedding cloth called “eleya” among the Igbomina subgroup of the Yoruba around the small town of Esie in Kwara state. Typically this cloth type (eleya just means openwork) has these rows of woven holes framed by borders of thicker weft threads that we can see in the detail. The holes form triangles and other shapes as well as simple rows. What makes this particular piece unique is that in combines the openwork patterning with some extra weft float motifs. Woven from quite thick hand spun cotton but has a soft worn feel. Dates from circa 1950. There are three small bleached spots (see full view)but otherwise in excellent condition.
Measurements 77 inches x 55, 197 cm x 141.
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