Adire are indigo resist dyed cotton cloths that were made by women throughout Yorubaland in south-western Nigeria. Resist-dyeing involves creating a pattern by treating certain parts of the fabric in some way to prevent them absorbing dye. .. – Victoria and Albert Museum

Adire “patterns, once a mode of storytelling and communication via fabrics, have been lost in the midst of globalisation” – Allyson Aina Davies, Storytelling Through Adire

The white plain fabric being pleated for a design, National Museum of African Art


Indigo leaves


Pounding indigo leaves to release the dye
Obtaining dye from Indigo leaves


Squeezing and straining the leaves and dye liquid


Finished designs drying in the sun at Abeokuta, National Museum of African Art


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