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Museum purchase, AOA Acquisitions Fund
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.