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Cloth (adire), a fragment only of a larger cloth, composed of a single long length of imported European machine white calico cotton, with an all-over design drawn by hand in starch resist. The cloth was divided into four bands along the length, each of which was drawn with a different pattern repeated; these are mostly geometric. The cloth was then dyed in a single shade of light indigo, and the starch washed out, leaving the design in white against blue. A large irregularly-shaped section has been cut off one end.
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Length: 239 centimetres
Width: 84.50 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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