Red and Beige Yoruba


NW642 – Unique and beautiful Yoruba woman’s weave wrapper cloth from Nigeria

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Unique and beautiful Yoruba woman’s weave wrapper cloth from Nigeria. Although the format of this cloth was fairly standard: two panels woven on the woman’s loom, with warp stripes and a row of openwork holes, eleya in Yoruba, along the lower edge, the colours of this example make it unique. Instead of the dark indigo or indigo blue and white we would expect the weaver here has combined imported red mill spun cotton with local white and natural beige hand spun cotton thread. Crossing the warp stripes at regular intervals but almost entirely hidden by the wrap predominance are groups of narrow red weft stripes. No other coloured examples like this are known to me. Retains its original hand stitched seams and hems. We recently had it cleaned and two tiny patched repairs made by our conservator. Condition is very good. Dates from circa 1930-1950, perhaps earlier.
Measurements 72 inches x 60, 183 cm x 152.

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