The looped weft pattern of this handwoven cotton textile is a fashionable choice for Nigerian women practicing traditional babywearing, although the stark white color is unique. Most cloth baby carriers are colorful, but the imported lustrous rayon accent threads give a decorative flare to this garment. Both aesthetically pleasing and functional, baby carriers allow caregivers to continue their everyday activities while maintaining an intimate connection to children.
From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate
African Textiles, History 12, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 30-April 23, 1993.
Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.
Collected by Adrian Andrew Walser (1910-1994) in Ibadan, Nigeria, 1977; given to present collection, 1978.
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