Woman's wrapper (aṣọ-òkè)
Arts of Africa
Aṣọ-òkè is a Yorùbá strip-woven cloth worn for both casual and special occasions. Narrow strips woven by men using horizontal looms are sewn together to make wrappers or other garments. This example resembles the indigo-dyed aṣọ-òkè sewn underneath many of the egúngún’s panels. The costume’s innermost layers are made from kíjìpá, a related fabric woven by women on wide, vertical looms. Aṣọ-òkè and kíjìpá were incorporated into the costume because of their varied cultural significance, and because their durable weave can withstand an egúngún’s vigorous dancing.
Cotton, rayon, indigo
56 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 1/8 in. (143.5 × 102.9 × 0.3 cm)
Purchased with funds given by Frieda and Milton F. Rosenthal
Prior to 1990, provenance not yet documented, probably from Ilorin, Nigeria; by June 1990, acquired by Mrs. Abiola of Ibadan, Nigeria; June 4, 1990, purchased from Mrs. Abiola by Elisha Renne for the Brooklyn Museum.
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Yorùbá. Woman's wrapper (aṣọ-òkè), 20th century. Cotton, rayon, indigo, 56 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 1/8 in. (143.5 × 102.9 × 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Frieda and Milton F. Rosenthal, 1990.132.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1990.132.1_PS11.jpg)
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