Igbo Akwete Cloth Blouse and Skirt (Nigerian)

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.6ab
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Handwoven and Dyed Fabric
Date:
1980s
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Note: Blouse: 30" wide at sleeves, 21" at bottom Skirt: 14" at waist, 32" hem
Description:
Blouse and skirt are made of the same fabric. Fabric is dark brown with black stripes throughout and the occasional red and yellow stripes. Blouse has a collar and fringe along the bottom. Skirt has a kipper.
Historical Context:
Akwete cloth is a unique hand woven textile produced in Igboland for which the town of Akwete in Abia state, Nigeria is famous. The traditional Igbo weaves processed fabric such as sisal, hemp, raffia, cotton or other fibres into finished products. While the coarse raffia materials are used by masquerades and in the past as head gear for warriors among other uses, the hemp material was used to weave towels, ropes and handbags. The more comfortable and colorful spun cotton is used to weave cloth for everyday wearing.