Rare Ososo Puberty Cloth

£1,850.00

NW561 – Fine two panel wrapper cloth from Ososo with decorative embroidery along the central seam

1 in stock

Description

Fine two panel wrapper cloth from Ososo with decorative embroidery along the central seam. Woven from hand spun indigo and white local cotton and red industrial cotton, these small cloths were an essential part of a young woman’s attire for a puberty ceremony that was held in the small town to mark women reaching marriageable age. The participants bodies were smeared with red camwood paste and each wore a cloth woven by her mother. Only a few cloths had the decorated central seam found on this example.  More everyday cloths woven in this remote town near Okene in Edo State, central Nigeria, were the more familiar blue and white stripes, the red in the puberty cloths playing a symbolic role. Dates from circa 1930-1950 and is in excellent condition.

Measurements: 67 ins x 34 ins, 170 cm x 87 cm.

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)