textile / cloth
Cloth made of (cotton). plain weave: dyed pink and orange warps and dyed red warps. Decorated in supplementary weft geometric shapes in dyed yellow, black, grey and bleached white cotton. The textile is finished by a fringe of unworked warps at the top and bottom. Finished by a fringe of unworked supplementary wefts along the warp edges.
- Found/Acquired: Nigeria (south)
- Length: 170 centimetres
- Width: 73 centimetres
(LaGamma and C. Giuntini, 2008)
‘The complex stripe motifs at the edges of this panel exactingly frame a field containing a graceful seemingly random arrangement of elements. Woven as an integral unit on a vertical single-heddle loom with a continuous warp, this work comes out of an influential tradition of textiles produced and traded by Igbo female weavers and centered in the town of Akwete in south-eastern Nigeria. Akwete textiles are distinctive for their breadth, which dramatically contrasts with the occasionally narrower 8-24 inch width of strips produced by female weavers elsewhere in the region (the present cloth is atypical, an especially narrow example of the genre). In Akwete all women are expected to know how to weave from an early age, and most of them do so as full time professionals. Over a month an Akwete weaver may produce as many as four cloths. The work is in great demand and is disseminated to a wide spread assortment of regional patrons of other ethnicities’ (LaGamma and C. Giuntini, 2008. The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York).
1995, London, Barbican Art Gallery, The Art of African Textiles
2008-2009 Sep-Apr, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without end
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF17247
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