This cloth is an example of an aso-oke style called eleya-sanyan, with an inlaid striped design in two metallic blue shades. Sanyan is a classic style of aso-oke which is woven from from anaphe wild silk, while ‘elaye’ refers to the open work holes in the cloth that form the structural decoration along with the floating weaves. This cloth, which the museum acquired from a textile dealer, was chosen because it demonstrates many key aso-oke techniques all in one cloth. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa