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Adire textile: composed of four uneven lengths of machine plain woven European cotton machine sewn together . The textile is decorated using the tie-dyed method. The producer has tied the desired pattern into the textile before dyeing the textile indigo. The pattern is composed of nine regularly spaced spirals on a background of small circles. This pattern is called AKETE or the 'Caps.' The hem is machine sewn.
Length: 174 centimetres
Width: 128 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).
AKETE ‘Caps.’ Purchased in ADO-EKITI in January 1971. Probably made in ABEOKUTA but for the rural market : it would not be seen on sale at OJE (market ABEOKUTA). It will be noticed that the cloth is smaller and coarser (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
Picton & Mack 1989:
'Yoruba adire cloth, Nigeria. Tie-dyed cotton shirting.'
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