Each Yoruba village group had more or less subtle variations in the hand spun indigo dyed cotton cloths that local women wove using the upright loom. In a few cases we have been able to identify the precise origin but many more of the huge number of varieties remain unidentified. On this obscure cloth there are three panels rather than the usual two, and a much rarer aspect is the use of weft float to create little blocks within the white stripes. It is the only example of the type I have seen. This may be from an eastern Yoruba community or perhaps a neighboring people such as the Akoko Edo. I collected it from a dealer about 20 years ago and it has been in a Swiss private collection subsequently. Dates from circa 1950s.Condition is excellent.
Measurements 161 cm X 137, 63 inches X 54.
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