Weaving in Southern Nigeria

by Lisa Aronson
Skidmore College

An ikaki-pattern textile from Akwete. Igbo peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Lisa Aronson.

 

Once woven in three parts, like its Ijebu equivalent, ikaki cloth came to be woven in one wide version. Yet, the multiple part construction is still evident in its overall design. Akwete weavers have become quite innovative in the ways in which they weave ikaki and other patterns. Her color choices for this cloth deviate markedly from the more traditional color scheme in which white is used for the background and red and black for the designs.