Authentic Adire hand dyed the traditional way, uses patterns which denote things like peace, celebration, wealth, success, crossroads and many more subtle meanings. Its been termed an "unspoken language".
Jamaican Lucille Junkere travelled to Yorubaland for an immersive experience
Any Yoruba worth their name will tell you that Iyun means red bead. But what each person considers to be Iyun ranges from Made-In-China cheap plastic mass produced beads, to farmed-in-China dyed coral beads. Nothing Yoruba about these
1,000-Year-Old Colored Glass Beads Discovered in Yorubaland,West Africa
Livescience.com reported that,
"A newly discovered treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads, as well as evidence of glassmaking tools, suggests that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one
Adire Eleko is the Yoruba indigo hand painted fabric that tells stories, commemorates event, passes messages or gives proverbs. It is unique among our other Adire Oniko designs because a cassava starch resist is used ( not raffia
There are apparently Ifa verses relating to the creation of our Hand Dyed Adire Indigo technique, Our ancestors made and wore Adire , first dyeing indigenous fabric like kijipa with indigo dye from homegrown plants, and later dyeing
It's one of the most iconic Adire patterns, the osupa (moon) or cycle of life pattern, modelled below as part of Ade Bakare's Ready to Wear collection.
The Osupa (moon) pattern or Cycle of Life pattern is created by
Obviously not a Yoruba celebration but as with so many other Western traditions, Valentine's Day is set to take a significant share of the money in our wallets in February. Who wants their love to feel left out when
I don't know if there's an English word for the feeling one gets when dressed in full Yoruba traditional attire. It goes beyond bursting with pride. There's also a sense of wellbeing, completeness, belonging, self assurance. You are
According to news reports , the Adire community in Kenta , Ogun state is calling for state government help, and these are the reasons why:
The cottage industry has largely been abandoned.
Designer Seyi Amao.
Aso Oke , handwoven on looms in Western Nigeria, beloved indigenous fabric of the Yorubas, is twisted, clipped, stitched and glued into fabulous hats
The Sissy Remi collection is made up of different types of Aso Oke
Babajide Olatunji's Tribal Mark series on Instagram
Yoruba scarification raises all kinds of emotions. For those marked at infancy who bear them cheerfully or resignedly, for the history they carry, for those who mock/pity people bearing them, and for
Is Annalise Keating getting spiritual ? Can you see it?
Yoruba diviners belts are traditional part of the Babalawo regalia but are increasingly being bought and sold as talismans and/or wall hangings. Given the drama in the character Annalise's
Did you know? That stories encoded in Ejiogbe, the first of the 256 chapters of the Ifa divination oral literature, credited the origin of patterned dyeing in various hues to Orunmila- the Yoruba deity of wisdom and divination
Red stone bead making was a craft of the people of Old Oyo. Jasper , Agate or Chalcedony stone was quarried by the Hausa and traded at Ilorin in exchange for cloth and garments .
The Yoruba bead makers would fashion
To all appearances, being that she lives and works in Ibadan, Iya Wa is an Ibadan woman. But what do the scarifications say? Cheat sheet below
We took this photo in Ibadan recently. Scarification is getting harder and
Gold jewellery made in Yorubaland used to be quite popular. Bracelets, collars, anklets, earring etc. Nowadays people count themselves as fortunate to have seen samples of gold jewellery made in Yorubaland during their youth because they are very
Though many know that beads were one of the products traded in exchange for humans between Europeans and West Africans in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade era, not many know that the Yoruba had their own bead manufacturing industry at
Many Yorubas now have tattoos. The modern ink tattoos. Depending on how one feels about tattoos , you may find them beautiful or an eyesore.
Yoruba of old (and some of the present day ) desirous of body art