Weaving in Southern Nigeria
by Lisa Aronson
This Akwete weaver weaves on a loom quite distinct from women's weaving elsewhere in Nigeria. Unlike the latter, the Akwete loom since the beginning of the 20th century, is five feet in width, with the resulting cloths being nearly that dimension. By widening the cloths and related apparatus, as Akwete women took to doing, they may have been emulating the average width of cloths traded from Europe or Asia. Expediency may also have been a factor.