Traditional and Modern Fashion Expressions of the Egba People of Yorubaland
Adire is common among the people of Egbaland in Ogun State but also throughout Yorubaland. It is a material designed with wax-resist methods that will produce patterned designs in a dazzling array of tints and hues.
Adire are made by resist-dyeing which involves creating a pattern by treating certain parts of the fabric in some way to prevent them absorbing dye. Cloths were made up of two strips of factory produced cotton shirting sewn together to form a shape that was roughly square.
Adire's intricate design is the result of hand painted work carried out mostly by women which they wear generally worn as wrappers or used as an adornment.
Perhaps more than any art form, textile reflects the culture from which they come and Adire textiles are a viable means of which the rich Yoruba cultural heritage and ideas could be conveyed to other cultures of the outside world.
Curator: Patrick Enaholo/David Assam
Photographs: Christopher Udoh/David Assam
Research: Patrick Enaholo/David Assam
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