By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Nigeria; Igbira peoples
199.39  x 29.85 cm (78 1/2  x 11 3/4 in)
University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Given in loving memory of Mary Hagihara Kujawski Roberts by Seth, Avery, and Allen F. Roberts, 1991.199

Cloths made with lurex, a shiny plastic thread, have been popular in the since the late 1970s and are worn on special occasions that call for formal attire. Okene weavers are important producers of handwoven cloths that incorporate lurex, using the thread in newly created patterns as well as in more traditional styles. This lurex and cotton cloth may have been used as a baby carrier or stitched onto another in a similar pattern and worn by a woman as a wrap.