NW538 – Very rare variant form of Igbomina Yoruba wedding cloth. Among the Igbomina subgroup of the Yoruba people who live to the East and south east of the city of Ilorin there were a number of distinctive styles of indigo dyed cotton marriage cloths with bands of supplementary weft float decoration. We have been able to identify the precise geographical origins of some of these very localised traditions, several of which can be seen in this gallery, but others have yet to be discovered. This cloth falls into the latter group. An array of broad and narrow stripes in two shades of indigo blue and in natural white repeats across each of the two panels, while the lower edge is marked by coloured extra weft float patterning. A related piece I collected 10 years or so ago is now in the Museum der Kulturen, Basel. Condition is excellent.
Measurements: 70 ins x 57, 178cm x 146cm.
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