Weaving in Southern Nigeria

by Lisa Aronson
Skidmore College

Textiles arranged on a bed for a burial. Ijo peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Lisa Aronson.

 

The Kalabari, an Ijo group who live west of the Ibani Ijo, practice a tradition known as ede in which varieties of trade cloths are artistically arranged on beds on which the dead will lay in state before burial. This particular bed is decorated with a type of factory-made cloth traded from England, which the Ijo call blangidi. This cloth is typically made of a light wool material decorated with patterns painted on the surface with a roller stamp technique.