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Cloth (adire) composed of two lengths of imported European machine white calico cotton, sewn together by hand. The cloth was divided into four bands along the length, each of which was sub-divided into four rectangular panels, which were drawn on in starch resist and filled with a variety of different geometric patterns. The cloth was then dyed in a single shade of light indigo, and the starch washed out, leaving the design in white against blue.
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Length: 206 centimetres
Width: 135 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Part of the group of 83 cloths dyed with designs in indigo in the Beving collection (Af1934,0307.221 to 303). For comment see Af1934,0307.221.
This is one a group of eight Nigerian adire cloths (Af1934,0307.290 to 297). The acquisition register records that all of them were stated by C.A.Beving to have come from Lokoja in Nigeria, the town on the junction of the Niger and the Benue. The label of the last of them is preserved and is annotated ‘obtained 1909’. This date almost certainly applies to the entire group. For further comment see Af1934,0307.290.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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