Rare Red and Beige Yoruba

£1,800.00

NW559 – Very distinctive two panel Yoruba women’s wrapper cloth dating from late C19th or early C20th with a sophisticated design of warp and weft stripes in white and beige hand spun cotton and red industrial cotton.

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Description

Very distinctive two panel Yoruba women’s wrapper cloth dating from late C19th or early C20th with a sophisticated design of warp and weft stripes in white and beige hand spun cotton and red industrial cotton. A row of woven openwork holes decorates the lower border. Narrow red weft stripes in varying widths and spacing add visual interest. Yoruba weavers did not have a red dye and at the time this cloth was woven imported industrial thread was scarce and expensive, so this dramatic and innovative use of red would have made a notable impact for the wearer at an important event.   It retains it’s very neat hand stitched seams throughout and has some small old darned repairs.

Measurements: 72ins x 60ins, 183cm x 152cm.

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.)