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ID number:  BIRRC-D0362
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Cotton textile
Object type:  Textile
Place made:  Akwele, E. Nigeria
Culture:  Igbo
Materials:  Cotton
Measurements:  119 x 68 cm

This Igbo textile has been woven on a single-heddle upright women's loom. Both the warp and weft are coloured in intense red-brown. It is possible that a camwood dye has been used here, camwood being a small shrub that yields a red dye (also called African sandalwood), as well as hand-spun yarn. There are supplementary weft-float patterns in local indigo-dyed yarn and imported white machine-spun cotton. It was lent by John Danford in 1964 and purchased in 1975.

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