NW452 – This is the only example I know of a three panel men’s cloth in an exceptionally obscure style that I think originates in the vicinity of Okene, a town in Kogi state close to the confluence of the Niger and the Benue. If this tentative attribution is correct the woman who wove this piece could belong to either a north eastern Yoruba (Bunu, Kabba etc) or a northern Edo ethnic group. These cloths have two very unusual features: the inclusion of very narrow warp stripes of raffia fibres; and a simple float pattern (not supplementary float) grouped in sets of threes within narrow indigo warp stripes. Additionally a few examples, including this one, have supplementery weft float motifs on the white areas, including a distinctive stylised bird design. It is in excellent condition and dates to circa 1930s-1950. Of the 10 or so cloths in this style I am aware of, this is one of only two complete examples with supplementary weft patterning (the other, which we also collected, is now in a private UK collection. ) There are no examples of this style in museum collections or published literature as far as I know.
Measurements: 90ins x 67 ins, 228cm x 170cm
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