More from an occasional series of posts that will highlight some rare West African textiles where the elaboration and complexity of design that usually typifies high status textiles is replaced by a more minimal aesthetic….
NW470 - Indigo dyed marriage cloth from the Igbomina subgroup of the Yoruba people, in a style called "eleya" distinguished by a wide band of openwork decoration along the lower edge of the cloth. Formed of two panels of cloth joined at the centre and woven by a woman using an upright single heddle loom. Dates from circa 1930-50 and is in excellent condition. Measurements: 76ins x 57, 193cm x 145.
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