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Adire textile: woman's: composed of two evenly sized pieces of machine plain woven European cotton machine sewn together. The cloth was decorated using the resist stitch, tie-dye and folding methods to produce alternating stripes.
This pattern is called ELESUN, “the names of pushing.” The pattern is produced by careful folding (resist dyed), stitching and drawing together so that the darker areas are pushed up so fully exposed to the indigo dye during the dyeing process. The hem is machine sewn.
Length: 188 centimetres
Width: 163 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 donor at ABEOKUTA, April 1970.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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