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 ties or  stitching), and each  Adire symbol is individually  hand painted with feathers on yards and yards of fabric. It is somewhat rarer now , seeming to be replaced by Batik methods ie wax and stencils

Tunde Akinwunmi has dedicated a book to the history and methods of Adire Eleko.

Adire is the name for the indigo blue fabric patterned with resist types of designs. There are two resist types. Those with raffia or cotton thread for resisting through tying, stitching, or a combination of folding and tying before dyeing are known as adire oniko. Those with painted or printed types using starch from cassava flour as resisting agent on the fabric before dyeing are referred to as adire eleko. Our focus in this work is on adire eleko, and this is because of its great and wide range of changing motifs, themes and symbols, which the other type lacks.

Adire Eleko – more intricate patterns, hand painted not stencilled

Adire eleko fabric originated among the Yoruba in Nigeria in the first decade of the twentieth century in response to the British colonial trade policy of the time. The uses of cassava paste as a resist medium for painting or printing on fabrics among the Yoruba is unique because it is not found elsewhere in Africa. In the beginning, the marketing of adire fabric faced competition from cheap imported European textiles. It survived the competition. It also gained entry into the arena of international trade and yielded good dividends. However, …

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