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Friday, June 11, 2010


The old town of OYO in the northern part of western Nigeria is famous for its fine quality leatherwork.
Amongst other leather objects made are the Oyo pouffes.
Traditional patterns only are used.The sides of the pouffe are built up in layers of alternative colours,usually cream with one dark colour.The top of the pouffe is made of small pieces of leather that have been stitched together to form a geometric pattern of different colours.The colours used are cream,scarlet,brown,black and indigo blue,for the sides,and the same for the top with the additions of green and yellow.Dried banana leaves are always used to stuff these pouffes.

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