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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.



Aṣọ-òkè jẹ aṣọ ti o ni ẹwu ti Yorùbá ti a wọ fun awọn igbaja ti o ṣe pataki ati pataki. Dọ awọn ila ti awọn ọkunrin ti n lo awọn ọna ipade ti wa ni papọ lati ṣe awọn onjẹ tabi awọn aṣọ miiran. Àpẹrẹ yìí dàbí aṣọ-aṣọ-ọṣọ ti aṣeyọmọ-òkè ti o wa ni isalẹ labẹ awọn paneli ti egúngún. Awọn ipele ti inu iyara ti o wa ninu inu rẹ ni a ṣe lati inu ẹda, aṣọ ti o ni ibatan ti awọn obinrin wa ni irọrun, ti o ni itawọn. Aṣọ-òkè ati awọn yanwaripá ni a dapọ si ẹṣọ nitori pe wọn ṣe pataki ti aṣa, ati nitori pe aṣọ atẹgun ti o tọ wọn le ṣe idiyele ijidin ti agbara kan ti egúngún.
CULTURE Yorùbá
MEDIUM Cotton, rayon, indigo
DATES 20th century
DIMENSIONS 56 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 1/8 in. (143.5 × 102.9 × 0.3 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.132.1
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Frieda and Milton F. Rosenthal
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