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Title:The rise and fall of broadloom weaving among the Yoruba: an historical overview
Author:Asakitikpi, Aretha O.ISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
gender roles
History, Archaeology
Yoruba (African people)--History
Textile fabrics, Yoruba
Abstract:The rise of broadloom weaving among the Yoruba of Nigeria may be prehistoric in origin. Most of the evidence to support hypotheses about the origins of weaving among the Yoruba is taken from oral accounts. The earliest archaeological evidence of clothing among the Yoruba was found in Ife and the Igbomina town of Esie and is dated between the 12th and 15th centuries AD. There appears to have been a time when broadloom weaving was a major occupation for both men and women. It is likely that men were the original weavers and that later, with the introduction of the narrow loom, men shifted to the latter technology. Narrow loom weaving had a wider import, which meant more income for the weavers. By the 1960s, the broadloom weaving of Yoruba women was nearly extinguished, amongst others as a result of the influx of cheap European cloth. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]