Yoruba indigo and wild silk

£450.00

AS655 – Unusual early twentieth century strip woven Yoruba aso oke  woman’s wrapper cloth, iborun, that alternates strips of beige wild silk sanyan with strips of dark indigo etu, thereby combining two of the most prestigious cloths in the Yoruba cultural tradition.

 

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Description

Unusual early twentieth century strip woven Yoruba aso oke  woman’s wrapper cloth, iborun, that alternates strips of beige wild silk sanyan with strips of dark indigo etu, thereby combining two of the most prestigious cloths in the Yoruba cultural tradition.  At this period hand spun indigo dyed cotton was the basis of aso oke weaving, as it had been  for centuries, providing the fine checked etu strips, named after the speckled plumage of the guineafowl. The sanyan strips have a central warp stripe of indigo and a wet of imported industrial thread. A few small faint marks on the light colour strips, otherwise in excellent complete  condition, dates from around 1900-1920.

Measurement: 79 ins x 59, 200 cm x 150.

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