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Adire textile: woman's: composed of two even lengths of machine plain woven European cotton machine sewn together. The textile is decorated using the starch resist method. The producer has applied the starch by hand before dyeing the textile indigo. The textile is called Eyepe or 'all the birds are here' literally 'birds are complete'. The textile is divided into 56 regular oblongs in rows of eight each filled with one of 4 different designs. The designs on each half of the textile have not been lined up. The designs center around birds, mammals and reptiles. The hems are machine sewn and signed by the producer.
Length: 191 centimetres
Width: 173 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of the AF1971, 35. 1- 27 collection of ADIRE (indigo resist-dyed cloths made by the ) YORUBA, NIGERIA. The cloth used today is imported white cotton. Two pieces roughly a yard (approx 92cm) wide are sewn together to make a large square cloth and the patterns are applied either by tying and stitching with strands of raffia or painting freehand or stencilling with cassava paste: either method resists the dye. Each pattern has one or more individual names (John Picton Register 1971).
For further information on Adire cloths please consult; Barbour and Simmonds, 1971. "Adire Cloth in Nigeria" Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan: Ibadan
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by the vendor in May 1971.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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