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Adire textile: composed of two even lengths of machine plain woven European cotton hand sewn together with raffia. The textile is decorated using the stitch-resist method. The producer has sewn the desired pattern into the textile before dyeing the textile indigo. The textile is divided into 24 regular oblongs decorated with geometric shapes many of which are still sewn onto the textile. This pattern is called ALABERE. The textile is machine hemmed.
Length: 186 centimetres
Width: 160 centimetres
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Part of the AF1972, 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.
ALABERE “the owner of the needle (abere)” collected in ABEOKUTA May 1971. It was made recently and the deterioration of workmanship can be seen compared with other alabere (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
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