Tribal marks and Chicken’s Feet

AD334 – Tribal marks and Chicken’s Feet.  Beautiful 1960s Yoruba  tie dyed and stitched resist indigo dyed woman’s wrapper cloth from Abeokuta in south Western Nigeria in a version of design called pele onika, “tribal marks with chickens feet”.

 

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Description

Tribal marks and Chicken’s Feet.  Beautiful 1960s Yoruba  tie dyed and stitched resist indigo dyed woman’s wrapper cloth from Abeokuta in south Western Nigeria in a version of design called pele onika, “tribal marks with chickens feet”. The back ground is covered with thousands of small circles tie dyed with raffia in a tremendously laborious procedure, while the patterns of lines are stitched in. The groups of parallel lines were called  pele, “tribal marks,  Similar marks were incised on the cheeks of children in certain Yoruba districts.  The three lines joined at the base are the chicken’s feet. The cloth was dipped repeatedly in an indigo dye vat to create the intense dark blue colour, then, once it had dried, the threads stitched and tied to form the motifs were carefully removed.   In excellent condition.

Measurement: 76 inches x 58 ins, 193 cm x 148 cm.

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