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Wrapper (adire eleko)
Wrapper (adire eleko)
Date:
ca. 1970
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Cotton; Cassava Starch-resist Dyeing
Dimensions:
212.1 x 88.9 cm (83 1/2 x 35 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Africa
Culture/People:
Ibadan
Accession Number:
75.3.6
Acquisition Date:
1975-03-06
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, AOA Acquisitions Fund

Exhibition History:

To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color, DY, 2010

Lengths of adire cloth are worn as a wrappers by both men and women. Adire refers to indigo dyed cloths made in south western Nigeria by Yoruba women, using a variety of resist dye techniques. Eleko refers to the application of cassava paste to the surface of the cloth as a resist. The paste is made from cassava flour (or lafun) boiled with alum to form a thick starch. The designs are hand painted with either a brush or a feather quill.

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