R6139/4 Textile; Adire

rectangular cloth dyed with indigo in striped pattern

Adire eleko cloth (Museum Accession number R6139/4)

Adire is a type of textile where fabric is dyed with indigo, with patterns being created using different techniques to resist the dye. This is an example of adire alabare, where the resist pattern has been created using machine stitching which is later removed to reveal the design. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: unknown

Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2000