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Adire cloth: woman's: composed a single length of machine plain woven European cotton. The textile is decorated using the stitch resist method. The producer has sewn in the desired pattern before dyeing the textile indigo. The textile is divided in 9 weft rows. The textile is bordered by rows of small circles. The central panel is decorated by rows of alternating circles and stylised birds and the pattern is called ELETU “the owner of guineafowl” (ETU). The hem is machine sewn.
Length: 139 centimetres
Width: 82 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Part of the collection made by Jane Barbour of Adire, indigo resist-dyed cloths, made by the Yoruba in Nigeria (see Af1971,35.1).
Eletu, ‘the owner of guinea-fowl’ (etu). Purchased in June 1971 at Oki-Seni compound, Ibadan. “This is the only example I’ve ever seen of this. It was bought from the woman whose marriage cloth it was. It must therefore be 20-25 years old.”
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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