Re: [African_Arts] Response to Beth Pearl's query
- View SourceThank you, Jeff. By colour and pattern I did think it might be Ijebu. Am inquiring for a friend who recently acquired it.On 2012-09-15, at 4:56 PM, Jeff Spurr wrote:
I belatedly saw your query regarding the Yoruba tunic. It is an
unusual adaptation for wearing of a textile usually worn wrapped. I
assume it is a modern usage, or a treatment to which the textile was
subjected outside its principal area of traditional use. The colors
suggest that it is not terribly old. I am quoting Duncan Clarke who
succinctly describes these textiles:
"Woven by Ijebu Yoruba women in the town of Ijebu-Ode and its
surroundings, these extraordinary cloths are used as insignia of
office by Ijebu chiefs and members of a society known as Ogboni
(which in the past had responsibilities for the worship of the Earth
deity and advised the king.) The designs represent various important
spirit familiars including frogs, crocodiles etc."
They are discussed by Picton and Mack, and, I assume by John Gillow
but do not recollect for certain. The most thorough discussion of
Nigerian textiles that I am acquainted with is:
Author : Lamb, Venice.
Title : Nigerian weaving / Venice Lamb & Judy Holmes.
Published : Roxford, [England] : H.A. & V.M. Lamb, 1980.