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Cloth (Aso Ofi)

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Cloth (Aso Ofi)

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Yoruba Artist


ca. 1900–1925


Cotton and indigo

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61 x 82 inches


Currently Not on View


This finely woven cloth is deeply saturated with indigo, a natural dye made from a wild plant used to color cloth blue throughout much of sub Saharan West Africa for at least 1,000 years. It was woven on an upright loom by a female weaver. In the past such cloths were worn by chiefs throughout the western Yoruba region as a sign of political office.


Purchase with Fred and Rita Richman Special Initiatives Endowment Fund for African Art

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