R6038/6 Shirt; Adire

A dark blue man's cotton shirt with geometric patterns

Adire shirt (Museum Accession number: R6038/6)

Description: This man’s shirt is made from cotton cloth decorated with the adire eleko technique – fabric dyed with indigo using a starch resist. Cassava paste is applied to cloth through a stencil or painted on. Areas where this is painted resist the indigo dye. This design is called Sun Bebe and refers to the sound that beads make when worn on dancers hips. Adire is created by Yoruba people from southwestern Nigeria. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: unknown

Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa

Date: c. 1970