The white fibres of this elegant cloth are not cotton but a bast fibre called ebase that was obtained from a tree bark by soaking, pounding in a mortar to separate the fibres, then spinning by hand. Once probably quite widespread in the area of northern Edo speakers and Ebira just south of the Niger/Benue confluence, the use of this fibre survives only in the remote rocky village of Somorika in the hills above the town of Igara. The dark indigo dyed warp stripes are hand spun cotton. Cloths like this one are worn as signs of high status by elder women in the village, as shown in the photograph by Bernard Gardi, taken in 1974. Dates from circa 1950s and is in excellent condition.
Measurements: 78 ins x 55 ins, 198 cm x 140 cm.
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