indigo with tie-dye; large gridlines with star shapes

Adire wrapper, 20th century



Gift of Joanne B. Eicherexpand_more  2018.101.3

Not on Viewexpand_more

Adire is a popular form of surface ornamentation in the Yoruba culture in which designs are created by resist-dye techniques. The maker of this wrapper applied cassava starch to the cloth using a metal stencil to create blocks of lines, dots, and geometric forms. After immersing the cloth in indigo and rinsing the starch away, the designs stayed unstained while the rest of the wrapper colored blue. Rather than being purely decorative, the motifs on adire textiles are often intended to play a protective role and have mystical significance for the Yoruba people.

Adire wrapper
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indigo with tie-dye; large gridlines with star shapes