Superb and very rare women’s weave Yoruba textile that combines the two expensive and high prestige silks, beige local wild silk sanyan and magenta trans Saharan silk alaari with hand spun white cotton. Subtle variations in the placement of beige silk and white cotton in the warp create broad stripes along the cloth, while the prestige imported silk is presented in the form of repeated narrow weft float lines across the fabric. Rows of openwork holes cross the two panels of fabric between the alaari stripes in the weft. A similar cloth is illustrated in Lamb & Holmes Nigerian Weaving 1980:200 were it is described as “very old.” This piece dates from circa 1900. I have collected less than ten others over the past two decades. Condition: slight blurring of the pink colour in a few places, otherwise excellent.
Measurements: 84 inches x 59, 213 cm x 150.
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