Baby Carrier

Sadatu Abu, Yoruba / Nigerian, active 20th century

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collected 1977

Handwoven cotton

Overall: 78 3/4 × 19 1/8 in. (200 × 48.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adrian Walser, Class of 1932

178.30.25822

Geography

Place Made: Ibadan, Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa

Period

20th century

Object Name

Transportation: Human, Baby Carrier

Research Area

Africa

On view

Label

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

Exhibition History

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.

Provenance

Collected by Adrian Andrew Walser (1910-1994) in Ibadan, Nigeria, 1977; given to present collection, 1978.

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