Weaving in Southern Nigeria

by Lisa Aronson
Skidmore College

Aso iborun-nla (a large wrapper), Yoruba peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Lisa Aronson.


The visual effect of patterns, textures, and color communicates to the viewer that the individual has lived a long, full, and spiritually endowed life. The Itagbe headtie has particular significance. In public, oshugbo members wear it turban-style with the elaborate fringe hanging downwards. For the Yoruba, who view the head as the seat of spirituality, the visual effect of the full turban with the suspended fringe gives further visual form to this spiritual power.