Tiv Textile - Lion's Paw Design
This textile is woven and dyed in Nigeria, by the Tiv people. Woven out of cotton and died from indigo dyes. This style of textile is what they call the "lion's paw" variation: the pattern evokes a lion's paw. This textile is unique in Africa in that each band is dyed separately, then sewn together, side by side, to form a full size textile. This is why it may seem that the patterns do not match up perfectly from band to band. Virtually every other African textile is dyed only after the full textile has been completed.
This is a traditionally woven and dyed textile but is not one that has been used already, not vintage; we cannot guarantee that this textile will not run if washed. We recommend dry cleaning methods to avoid running very carefully hand washing.
This textile measures 70 x 41 1/2" (178 x 105 cm)