Weaving in Southern Nigeria

by Lisa Aronson
Skidmore College

Walking the warp, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Lisa Aronson.

 

These weavers from Ilorin are weaving the famous aso-oke cloth known by many for its intricate and, more recently, shinny weft-boat patterns inserted as they weave. To lay the warp on the men's loom, the weavers walk the multiple skeins of thread back and forth around stakes set into the ground until the desired number of warp threads have been laid out. The efficiency of such a system is unquestionable.