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Yoruba Aso Oke Textile Handwoven Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Aso Oke Textile Handwoven Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Textile
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Cotton, rayon
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 74 Inches
Width: 21 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Stains and broken stitches.

We do not recommend laundering textiles, and we do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then dyes may not be colorfast and fabric may be less strong than it appears.

Additional Information: Aso Oke weaving is done on narrow head looms. The fabric used is either cotton or wild silk, usually beige. The weavings are used for special occasions, including engagements, weddings, naming ceremonies for babies, chieftaincy title ceremonies, and religious holidays, both Christian and Islamic.

Supplementary weft float and brocade patterning are common, as is the distinctive openwork made by using weft threads to tie together a group of warps. Lurex from Japan, metallic thread, is sometimes used. Men have traditionally done the weaving, but some women weave as well.

For great pictures of both the weaving and the textiles, and more information, see Clarke's THE ART OF AFRICAN TEXTILES.