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Adire textile: composed of two even lengths of machine plain woven European cotton hand machine sewn together. The textile is decorated using the stitch-resist and tie-dye method. The producer has sewn and tied the desired pattern, forming rows of letters, into the textile before dyeing the textile indigo. The textile is divided into 12 rows decorated with letters and rows. This pattern is called OLORUKO or "the owner of name(s)." The textile is machine hemmed.
Length: 178 centimetres
Width: 162.50 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.
This items pattern is called OLORUKO “the owner of names” referring the row of letters, which are said, however not to spell anything.
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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- Purchased by the vendor December 1970.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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