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AS715 – Wild silk aso oke wrapper cloth



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Some glimpses of Yoruba cultural heritage. These beige aso oke woman’s wrapper cloths were woven predominantly from a wild silk thread unravelled from the nests of the moth anaphe infracta. Called sanyan, the cloths were worn for important life cycle events such as chieftaincy ceremonies and weddings of wealthy families. Typically as here the weaver added stripes of imported coloured cotton in the warp and sometimes also an offbeat array of narrow stripes in the weft across the strips. These handspun wild silk cloths date from the first half of the C20th and have a soft slubby texture that gives them a pleasing wabi sabi type aesthetic. They should not be confused with the more recent cotton version that are more easily sourced. The cotton cloths were also called sanyan but a knowledgeable person might call these “sanyan gidi”, real sanyan. In excellent complete condition. Dates from circa 1930s. Measurements 74 inches X 53, 191 cm X 135.

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