|Title||Nupe Handwoven Textile White Nigeria African Art|
|Type of Object||Textile, table cloth|
|Country of Origin||Nigeria|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Damage/Repair||Stains; see pictures for detail.|
A beautifully handmade textile decorated with rayon and embroidered motifs in green. This textile comes probably from the Nupe people from Nigeria, Besides a few stains this textile would make a good tablecloth or a wall hanging textile!
The designs on one side of this cotton cloth are embroidered from cotton threads alternating with sewn.The designs include traditional diamond motifs close to the designs known as Ikaki , tortoise patterns, and the columns of wild cotton threads and rayon pulled up from the surface to form another kind of design. Similar raised designs are seen on cloths produced by Ijebu-Ode, called Itagbe worn by leaders of the Ogboni society. More intricate and dimensional versions of these cloths are produced for the Yoruba elite. Such textiles were also found among the Nupe as well as among the Igbo living in and around the town of Ijebu-Ode. In fact, in the 19th century, trade began with Igbo weavers from the town of Akwete, who produced copies using similar motifs.
Textiles in southern Nigeria continue in an ongoing process of traditional weaving in old methods with new materials. These cloths were made by and for both men and women. Weaving centers have been identified throughout Nigeria. Each of the centers reflecting the tastes and styles and patterns of design provide an extraordinary diversity of color, pattern and inventiveness.
We do not recommend laundering textiles, and 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.
Recommended Reading: See AFRICAN TEXTILES, by John Gillow