Vintage Yoruba Textile Cushions

S/N:YORUBA108 to 119, 65

  • £135.00 each
  • €154 Euro
  • $171 US Dollar

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Vintage Yoruba Textile Cushions

These cushions are made from vintage Yoruba aso oke. The Yoruba are the second largest ethnic group in Nigeria. Aso-Oke is a cloth that is worn on special occasions by the Yoruba, usually for chieftaincy festivals, engagements, naming ceremonies and other important events.
The cloth is woven by men in narrow strips (strip-weave) and the strips are sewn together to make the bigger piece.
The cloths are typically decorated with lace holes and floating supplementary weft stitches. These beige aso oke are called Sanyan and they are woven in cotton and wild silk
from the cocoons of the anaphe moth.
I was luck to find several aso oke from the same weaver and so have made up 15 cushions.


  • H: 48cm (19in)
  • W: 48cm (19in)


mid C20

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I am inspired by the exquisite textiles designed and woven long ago by artisans often in some of the most challenging environments in the world. I love to find a new use for these textiles so that they become relevant in today’s interiors. Turning them into beautiful and unique cushions or lampshades or simply by framing them as a piece of wall art.

I particularly love the bright colours of the silk dowry textiles woven by the minority groups in South West China and the more organic raphia cloths and cotton stripweaves from the Kuba and Yoruba ethnic groups in West Africa.

My signature look mixes these bright and sophisticated silk brocades (especially the pinks!) with the contrasting rustic indigos and cottons, often embellished with embroidery or applique.

I work out of my studio in Purley, Surrey where you are very welcome by appointment to view current stock and other textiles or to discuss bespoke projects.


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